At this year’s German-American Friendship Festival, a new event will take place. One unit stationed at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden will be awarded the Commander’s Cup.
The Commander’s Cup program was started to encourage esprit de corps and enhance readiness and physical fitness by recognizing Soldiers and units who participate in recreational activities through the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Because the program started in 2018, units have only been collecting points based on their recreation activities since March. Next year’s competition will run from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
“We’ve always had the recreation opportunities,” said USAG Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Pinkston, “but this is going to recognize people who participate regardless of how they finish.”
Qualifying recreational activities include unit-level team sports such as basketball and flag football, as well as runs and functional fitness competitions.
“It creates a little bit of competition between the organizations,” Pinkston said. “Competition is always good, especially with what we do in the military.”
For more information about the Commander’s Cup, visit the Wiesbaden Sports, Fitness and Outdoor Recreation page at wiesbaden.armymwr.com.