WHEN ARE THE AFRICOM OLYMPICS?
The AFRICOM Olympics are right around the corner; Friday, August 8, 2014. The opening ceremony begins at 0800. Nearly all of the events will take place on Kelley Barracks with the exception of the bowling competition which will be held in the bowling alley on Panzer Kaserne.
HOW/WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
Only your directorate representative can sign you up for an event. Once you have identified the event you would like to participate in, contact your representative as soon as possible as the number of players per game is limited! He is a list of directorate representatives:
COMMAND GROUP (Includes Headquarters Commandant and Special Staff): Sgt. Walker; Ms. Zuzana Zimmermann; Maj. Juan Leon
J1/J8: Master Sgt. Boozer and Tech. Sgt. Asena Tamanalevu
J2: Lt. Ashley Petersen; IS1 Tristan Twitchell and Maj. Alden Hingle
J3: Tech. Sgt. Zachary Koch and Maj. Jonathan Koernig
J4: Lt. Colonel Scott Stewart and Maj. Steve O’Leary
J5: GySgt Taylor and Maj. Charles Hewins
J6: Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Guler and Frederick Mayfield
J7: Staff Sgt. James Haley and Mr. Thomas Dye
J9: Maj. Jonathan Barnes and Lt. Cdr. Kevin Smith
SOCAFRICA: Sgt. 1st Class Bryce Allee and Staff Sgt. Alex Munoz
MARFORAF: GySgt Daniel Hernandez
WHAT GAMES WILL BE PLAYED THIS YEAR?
We have games for all ages and athletic ability; from the water balloon toss to two-on-two basketball. Other games include horseshoes, bean bag toss, egg run, musical chairs, 400-meter relay, Jousting, Dizzy Bat relay, 3-legged race, Ultimate Frisbee, flag football, hula hoop, kickball and the grand finale, the “Mystery Event.”
WHAT DOES THE WINNING TEAM RECEIVE?
Bragging rights until next year's AFRICOM Olympics which beats being on the losing team which gets to clean up!
IS PARTICIPATION MANDITORY?
The AFRICOM Olympics are held to increase the morale and team spirit of U.S. Africa Command. While participation is not mandatory, we know your co-workers and officemates would appreciate your support by cheering them on. This is also a great opportunity to bring your family to Kelley Barracks to interact with their families, have fun and enjoy some great food.
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
This year we have two vendor that will be selling food; AAFES and they Kelley Gardens. If you’d rather save a few bucks and pack your own family picnic, you’re more than welcome to do that.
WHAT ELSE WILL THERE BE TO DO?
In addition to watching the games, there will be face painting and a bounce house for the kids. AFN will also be broadcasting live so it’s a chance to meet your favorite radio personalities.
IN PAST YEARS, THE CATAPILLERS HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM IN THAT AREA. IS ANYTHING BEING DONE ABOUT THAT?
First Aid Station will be available and bug repellent/spray will be provided. Grass will also be cut a few days prior to the AFRICOM OLYMPICS in order to eliminate any additional problems.
I THOUGHT AUGUST 8TH IS A FAMILY DAY. DO I HAVE TO COME TO WORK THAT DAY?
August 8th is not an AFRICOM family day. The AFRICOM Olympics is a day on which we have an opportunity to get to know each other better, have some fun and spend time with colleagues and our families right here at AFRICOM.