NAS JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The saying goes that ‘lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place.’ The team at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast don’t hold to that saying as they collected the coveted 2016 NAS Jacksonville Captain’s Cup trophy Feb. 15, again. It is the second year in a row the NAVFAC team has claimed victory.
A large group of NAVFAC Southeast employees and military participants gathered outside the command’s headquarters to celebrate the victory and the good health and comradery that the Captain’s Cup activities provide to the commands who participate.
The award is presented annually to the command that has demonstrated the highest level of participation and achievement in the Captain’s Cup Athletics Program during a calendar year. NAVFAC’s point total for the competition was more than double it’s closest competitors, FRCSE and the Navy Hospital, accruing more than 1100 points to FRCSE’s 522 and the Hospital’s 495.
"So you guys are two for two," said NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley. "You all do a lot of sports! Seriously though, you all are to be commended for your efforts."
Captain’s Cup sports consist of a variety of team and individual sporting events, leagues, and tournaments, held throughout the year. While participating in Captain’s Cup events, teams receive points for participation as well as points for order of finish in each event. These points are totaled at the end of the year and the command with the most points overall claims the coveted ‘Captain’s Cup Championship Trophy.’
Commands may enter as many teams or individuals in the events to earn Captain’s Cup points for their command for participating in the events. For team sports, points are awarded to the commands who finish 1st and 2nd in the league and for finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the playoffs. For sports tournaments, commands earn additional points for finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer Capt. Pat Garin said that when he was stationed here 25 years ago, VP30 was always the champs. "So I guess things have changed in 25 years, right? Two years in a row for us; that’s awesome," said Garin.
I want to thank everyone that participated in the calendar year 2016 Captain's Cup events and the supervisors who allowed it to happen," said NAVFAC Southeast Business Director Jeff Killian. "It is nice to win, but what we are really after is maximum participation and establishing a venue where we interact with each other in an activity other than work."
Killian also offered a special shout-out to NAVFAC Southeast Operations Production Controller Jason Bohrmann who has served as the local NAS JAX Sports Coordinator for the command for two years.
"Without him managing the flow of paperwork required for Captain’s Cup participation, ensuring we have sport commissioners for every sport, and that we attend all the organizational meetings, we would never have a chance to win," said Killian. "So, with that, I leave you with my annual plug. If you have been participating then keep participating. If you haven't participated, then we would certainly like to see you start participating."
The following breakdown highlights NAVFAC Southeast’s 2016 Captain’s Cup accomplishments:
• First out of 42 commands that participated.
• Participated in 28 out of 34 Captain's Cup events including: Ultimate Frisbee, Singles and Doubles Badminton, Dodgeball, Golf, Bowling, Intramural Softball, Sand Volleyball, Singles and Doubles Bean Bag Toss, Soccer, Intramural Trap, Racquetball, Wallyball, Intramural Basketball, Tennis, 4 on 4 Flag Football, 3 on 3 Basketball, Intramural Skeet, Indoor Volleyball and several 5K Runs.
• NAVFAC took first place in the following sports competition:
Greybeard Basketball - Winter
Intramural Bowling – Winter
"Our quest for the 3-peat for calendar year 2017 has begun. Will you accept the challenge?" said Killian to the NAVFAC Southeast team.