The “Wolverines” walked away
with the 1st Infantry Division Victory Cup June 13 at Fort Riley.
While the Victory Cup is typically
taken by one the “Big Red One’s” infantry battalions during Victory Week each year,
Soldiers with the Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team,
1st Inf. Div. stunned the competition during the weeklong event. This was the
first time a support unit has won the Victory Cup and bragging rights for a year.
The battalion and winners
of 19 of the 2014 Victory Week competitions were recognized during a June 13 awards
ceremony at Custer Hill Parade Field. Victory Week competition began June 9
with the combatives competition’s weigh-in. It concluded June 12.
Soldiers with the 75th
Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the 4th Maneuver Enhancement
Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, traveled to Fort Riley for Victory Week.
A team with the 75th FA Bde. took first-place honors in the bowling
competition. Teams with 4th MEB walked away with first-place finishes in combatives
and the 10-Miler.
A five-Soldier team with STB,
4th IBCT won the color guard competition, earning a trip to Belgium to
participate in the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium.
Lt. Col. Dana Stowell,
commander, STB, 4th IBCT, said he couldn’t be prouder of his Soldiers, and they
approached Victory Week with the mindset they were going to win the cup.
The end of Victory Week marks
a successful few weeks for the STB, 4th IBCT, as 14 of its Soldiers recently
returned from a trip to Normandy, France, to help commemorate the 70th
anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The visit was a phenomenal experience for leaders
and Soldiers who participated, Stowell said.
According to information from
the division, the purpose of Victory Cup competition is to enhance
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness and mental agility; build teamwork, resiliency and
leadership in Soldiers; and instill pride in units, and allow them to be
recognized for excellence in sportsmanship and camaraderie.
“We built teams,” said Maj.
Gen. Paul E. Funk II, commanding general, 1st Inf. Div and Fort Riley. “The Army’s
about people. This is a people business. And, this is what these kinds of
competitions bring: new relationships, new ways to stress each other, new ways
to test each other, and, more importantly, just to have some plain, clean fun.”
Also during the ceremony, the
Top Tank Award was presented to 1st Lt. Nathan A. Shaffner, Sgt. Daniel K.
Pilkington Jr., Spc. Johnathon E. Hagen and Pfc. William A. Chuzie, all with
Company D, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team,
1st Inf. Div. The four participated in the 2014 General George S. Sullivan Cup
Competition in May at Fort Benning, Georgia.
According to information from
the division, the crew “demonstrated extreme proficiency at gunnery,
maintenance and platoon tactics during the four-day competition.” The team
placed seventh out of seventeen crews from across military branches from
Capt. James Hoskins and 1st
Sgt. Karlton Wade also received the 1st Inf. Div. Top Tank Company Streamer on behalf
of Co. D.
To conclude the Victory Cup ceremony, a local car
dealership presented four Richard Petty Driving Experiences at the Kansas
Speedway to Spc. Dustin Nicholas, Sgt. James Seymour, Master Sgt. Michael Young
and Master Sgt. Mike Lavigne.