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Victory Week kicks off with June 7 event

By | STAFF REPORT | June 11, 2014

The 1st Infantry Division turns 97 years old this month, and its Soldiers are set to celebrate with a series of events to honor the heritage, service and camaraderie of the Army’s First Division.

Victory Week is a yearly weeklong event that brings together every unit at Fort Riley for everything from family activities to Soldier sporting events.

Victory Week 2014 kicks off with the Victory Celebration from 7 to 10:15 p.m. June 7 at Rally Point Field. The event is open to the public. Music, food and family-friendly activities are planned. The evening will end with a fireworks display.

Unit sporting events start June 9 with combatives, Army wrestling and a truck rodeo, hosted by the 1st Sustainment Brigade.

The combatives tournament goes through Thursday and includes three days of graduated-rules fighting. Day one is standard competition rules with submission grappling. Day two elevates to intermediate competition rules, which include open-hand strikes, closed fist-to-body hits, kicks to the legs, body and head and knee strikes below the waist. Day three’s finals include advanced competition rules: closed-fist strikes, kicks to the head and body and knee strikes below the shoulders.

Fighting on day three will take place in an octagon cage, much like Mixed Martial Arts.

Soldiers will compete for their battalion’s in eight weight classes: 110, 125, 140, 155, 170, 185, 205 and below and 205 and up. Female Soldiers will be given a 15 percent weight allowance due to physiological differences from male Soldiers.

A military appreciation concert, featuring country artist Brett Eldredge, will be hosted by Sony PlayStation 4 at 8 p.m. June 9 at the Long Fitness Center Track.

Sony also will host a gaming tournament June 11 at the Warrior Zone. The free event will allow Soldiers to test drive the new PlayStation 4 with experts available in Sony’s custom-outfitted semitrailer. Prize packages will be awarded to tournament winners. Registration starts June 6 at the Warrior Zone. For more information, call 785-240-6618.

June 10 kicks off with an Army 10-Miler qualifier run and Boot Camp for Heroes. The boot camp is an obstacle course style event open to all children from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Victory Park. The day wraps with the USO Fort Riley-hosted No Dough Dinner for military families at 5 p.m. June 10 at Moon Lake.

While Victory Week is a time for celebration, it also is a time to honor the sacrifices made by men and women who fell while serving with the division. Soldiers, friends and families will fill Victory Park June 12, as the names of troops who died in the last year while serving with the division in Afghanistan are added to a list going back to 2001.

Shortly after the Victory Park ceremony, a room in the Cantigny Dining Facility will be dedicated in honor of the division’s Medal of Honor recipients.

Finals in major sporting events, like combatives, flag football, five-on-five basketball, softball and soccer are June 12. The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team also is hosting a mini triathlon for Soldier competitors, and the archery and skeet shooting competitions are set for June 12.

This year’s Army and “Big Red One” birthday cake will be cut at the Victory Dinner June 12.

Victory Week concludes June 13 with a division-wide run, Victory Cup awards ceremony and Victory Retreat ceremony.

As with all sporting events throughout the week, the public is invited to attend and cheer on their favorite battalions. The battalion with the highest number of points at the end of competition will win the coveted Victory Cup. Last year’s winners were Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Then-command team Lt. Col. James Batchelor and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Bailey accepted the cup on behalf of their Soldiers at last year’s ceremony. Points are awarded based on finishes in the sporting events. 
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