By Jonathan LeBlanc, Fort Bliss Bugle Staff:
(El Paso, Texas, Nov. 30, 2017)
Soldiers and families of the 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, got together the day before Thanksgiving to play their annual Turkey Bowl football game here Nov. 22.
This was the second annual Turkey Bowl for the unit. Last year the unit held three games, but this year played only two. The first game pitted the junior enlisted Soldiers versus the noncommissioned officers and the winner of that match competed against the officers, who won the title last year and again this year.
What’s the prize for winning the final game? The unit has a championship belt one of the unit’s families designed and created.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ryan Gabrukiewicz, an instructor pilot assigned to the unit, said winning the belt means a lot.
“The belt is bragging rights,” Gabrukiewicz said. “The officers won it last year, and the commander had it nailed above his office door so everybody who walks by sees it.”
Gabrukiewicz also held the position of sports commentator for the Turkey Bowl, and he had everyone laughing.
The unit has other organizational days, but this one is the best, several Soldiers said.
“I think it’s nice to get out here and get into that competitive nature, especially with the officers against the enlisted,” Gabrukiewicz said. “It’s just a lot of fun, and kind of our last big thing before everyone gets to go enjoy their holiday.”
Lt. Col. Jonathan Shaffner, commander, 3rd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., CAB, 1st AD, said he believes the cavalry is all about traditions.
“Having these type of events really helps build esprit de corps and move the unit to the next level,” Shaffner said. “The Turkey Bowl last year really impacted the unit in a positive way, so we wanted to make sure we carried that over for this year.”