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12th AF (AFSOUTH) welcomes spring with sports day

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Soldiers of the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment compete in the tug of war portion of Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sports day March 20. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Soldiers of the 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment compete in the tug of war portion of Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sports day March 20. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Sergeant Shawn Swindall, 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, sends the ball flying during the kickball competition of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sports day March 20.  This is the first time 1st BCD has had enough manpower to field a full team, and they won first place at the end of the day. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Sergeant Shawn Swindall, 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, sends the ball flying during the kickball competition of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sports day March 20. This is the first time 1st BCD has had enough manpower to field a full team, and they won first place at the end of the day. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Petosky)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Brig. Gen. Darryl Burke, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) vice commander, leads the formation run during the 12th AF (AFSOUTH) sports day March 20. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Brig. Gen. Darryl Burke, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) vice commander, leads the formation run during the 12th AF (AFSOUTH) sports day March 20. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --  Master Sgt. Cesar Medina (Right), 612th Air and Space Operations Center targets team NCOIC, and Master Sgt. Richard Rexin, 12th Air Force Safety Office weapons safety manager, man the grill during sports day March 20, 2009. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Master Sgt. Cesar Medina (Right), 612th Air and Space Operations Center targets team NCOIC, and Master Sgt. Richard Rexin, 12th Air Force Safety Office weapons safety manager, man the grill during sports day March 20, 2009. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --  Senior Airman Raphael Mirabal-Lugo, 612th Air and Space Operations Center imagery analyst tries to block Sergeant First Class Kenneth Blackmon, 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, during the ultimate Frisbee portion of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sports day March 20. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Senior Airman Raphael Mirabal-Lugo, 612th Air and Space Operations Center imagery analyst tries to block Sergeant First Class Kenneth Blackmon, 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment, during the ultimate Frisbee portion of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) sports day March 20. More than 200 members of 12th AF competed in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Jason Coley)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- More than 200 members of the Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) team participated in Sports Day here March 20.

The day started with a 1.5-mile formation run led by Brig. Gen. Darryl Burke, 12th AF (AFSOUTH) vice commander, and progressed into kickball, volleyball, chipping, tug of war and ultimate Frisbee.

This is the first time the U.S. Army's 1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment had the manpower to compete with a full team, and they won first place overall. Col. Gary Hisle, 1st BCD commander, accepted the trophy at the end of the day.

Master Sgt. Scott Griesheimer, 612th Air and Space Operations Center imagery support element NCOIC, coordinated the entire event with a few others. It took about four weeks to get everything set up.

"It went off flawlessly," he said. "It was a lot of fun for everyone. Ultimate Frisbee was the highlight; it came down to a lot of teams playing tough. That's the whole point of sports day - teamwork, physical fitness and a little friendly competition."

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