News: Aviation task force hosts GWOT Trot
Pfc. Aubree Rundle
Task Force Pegasus Public Affairs
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan— More than 2,000 runners arrived April 14 to participate in the Army Aviation Association of America's annual run known as the "GWOT- Trot." This event was held not only here, but also at Forward Operations Base Salerno, Afghanistan, and Fort Bragg, N.C., on the same day.
Members of the armed forces, coalition forces and civilian personal here registered and competed in the run to win first, second and third place medals for the top three males and females to complete the 5 km. and 10 km. run. There was also a medal rewarded to the first team to complete.
"The turn out for the run was well over what was expected, which seemed to have a positive impact on everyone's moral," said Capt. Thomas J. Whitlow, Company A commander, Task Force Atlas. "More than 300 people showed up the day of the run to register."
Recognition and thanks were given by AAAA, Iron Mike Chapter President, Army Col. Kelly Thomas, TF Pegasus commander, just before the race began.
"This run was organized to support the AAAA, Iron Mike Chapter and also bring us all together to participate in the first run of the season," said Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Nichols, command sergeant major for TF Atlas.
The first place winners for the 5 km. race were Nick Diorio and Jennifer Caci.
The first place winners for the 10 km. race were Daniel Kiui and Micala Hicks. The team that won called themselves "Fort Hoodlums."
"It felt good to come out and run with other enlisted Soldiers, officers, coalition forces, and other members of the armed forces that are stationed here," said Chance Gibbons.
After the race, a chili cook off was hosted by Morale Welfare and Recreation. The runners were given the opportunity to taste test different chili recipes. Army Sgt. Larry Howard, Aviation Dining facility, was the winner of the cook off.
Date Posted:04.17.2007 08:14
Location:BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AF
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