FORT LEE, VA. (Nov. 7, 2013) -- More than 1,200 military members from the 16th Ordnance Battalion participated in a pair of Halloween Safety Runs on the Ordnance Campus, Oct. 20 and 31. The earlier event was conducted at midnight to accommodate the schedule of night-class Soldiers. Both runs featured costumes, cadence and plenty of camaraderie.
The enthusiasm for this annual fun and safety run was reflected in the costumes worn by the command teams, faculty members and the participating students. Some featured battery-operated lights and motion. A couple of groups demonstrated their team spirit by dressing up as Justice League superheroes and characters (thing 1 and thing 2) out of a Dr. Seuss book.
Command Sgt. Maj. Cheryl Greene, 16th Ord. Bn. CSM, showed her less-serious side by dressing as a clown for the first run and a jester for the second event. Lt. Col. Steven Carozza, battalion commander, wore the scary costume from the movie “Scream” for the Oct. 20 run and donned a curly wig and huge “70’s-disco-guy” moustache for the Oct. 31 event.
During their opening remarks, the command team thanked the service members for their hard work and enthusiasm, and acknowledged the participation of second lieutenants from the Army Logistics University Professional Leader Development Program. They also placed a lot of emphasis on safety as Fort Lee heads into the holiday and winter seasons.
Both of the 3.1-mile runs began at Whittington Field and circled the Ordnance Campus.
Along the route, Soldiers passed by the equipment they are learning to maintain, including munitions, Humvees, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Paladins and M1 Abrams Tanks. Cadre members called cadence, while company guidon bearers circled formations to rouse Soldiers.
“It was a truly remarkable sight to see all those Soldiers running in costume, singing cadence,” wrote Capt. Robert Lobdell, commander of Alpha Company,16th Ord. Bn., in a written summary for the Traveller. “While the costumes and team spirt were the centerpiece of the run, I think the efforts of the first sergeants and cadre members is another true story of leadership that should be highlighted. Understanding the nightshift Soldier’s difficult schedule and conducting two separate runs to accommodate them is a good example of their efforts to stay engaged with their Soldiers and provide opportunities for max participation.
“Building camaraderie and esprit de corps in every ordnance Soldier is a focus of the Ordnance School,” Lobdell also noted. “Investing time, through engaged leadership, is the principle method ordnance leaders use to convey this critical message.”