Armor school claims victory in the Battle of the Barrel

Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Reyna, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, putts for a birdie July 30 during the Battle of the Barrel challenge. (Photos by Gerald Williams)

Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Reyna, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, putts for a birdie July 30 during the Battle of the Barrel challenge. (Photos by Gerald Williams)

By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /

The Battle of the Barrel golf challenge July 30 pitted the Armor and Infantry schools in a winner takes all battle on the links.
The Armor School retained their hold on the old whiskey barrel by defeating the Infantry School by 12 (golf) shots.

According to George Cliff, organizer of the Battle of the Barrel event, teams of two played their own ball for each hole. The best score between the two players was posted on the scorecard.

Winners were determined by the average of the three best overall scores from the Infantry School against the three best scores from the Armor School.

The winning team gets to keep the Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel at their school until the next Battle of the Barrel event.

Sixteen teams and a total of 32 players competed in the event.

Sgt. 1st Class Larry Jackson, Maneuver Center of Excellence, readies for the swing at the Battle of the Barrel event July 30. (Photos by Gerald Williams)

Sgt. 1st Class Larry Jackson, Maneuver Center of Excellence, readies for the swing at the Battle of the Barrel event July 30.

Competitors were grateful for the opportunity to battle it out among their friends and peers for bragging rights.

“I think Fort Benning is a great community for putting this event together. Encouraging competition between us only strengthens our bond. It makes us better as a team in the long run,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Will Engram, Infantry School command sergeant major.

“We want to support the maneuver guys while having fun,” said Maj. John Miller, Medical Department Activities. “It’s all about camaraderie between us Soldiers.”

Sgt. 1st Class Alejandro Reyna, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, also felt that the competition focused on camaraderie.

“Many of the bonds we have are formulated through battle and exercises, but when we have the opportunity to bond over the activities we love doing, it makes our relationship much stronger.”

“This is the home of Combined Arms,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tim Metheny, Maneuver Center of Excellence command sergeant major. “You’ve got the Infantry and Armor here, but not only do we fight together, we have fun together.”

For details on when the next Battle of the Barrel event will be, contact George Cliff at 706-545-0397.

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