“Battle of the Bay” boosts teamwork and morale

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Tate Smith, a reservist with the Incident Management Division at Sector Baltimore, heaves a life ring as his challengers watch during the first “Battle of the Bay” competition at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Feb. 16, 2013.  The inaugural Olympic-style competition is in intended to promote teamwork and morale among the Sector Baltimore-area reservists with a series of seven team-oriented challenges. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Tate Smith, a reservist with the Incident Management Division at Sector Baltimore, heaves a life ring as his challengers watch during the first “Battle of the Bay” competition at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Feb. 16, 2013. The inaugural Olympic-style competition is in intended to promote teamwork and morale among the Sector Baltimore-area reservists with a series of seven team-oriented challenges. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi.

 

Post written by Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully

The first Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Olympics was held Feb. 16, at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore. Teams were made up from more than 40 Coast Guard Reserve members from stations Washington, D.C., Curtis Bay, Md., and St. Inigoes, Md., as well as Sector Baltimore’s Vessel Boarding and Security Team, Incident Management Department, Prevention Department and Servicing Personnel Office, gathered to participate in a variety of events to earn the newly coveted “Battle of the Bay” award plaque.

Teams of Coast Guard reservists from Station Curtis Bay and from Sector Baltimore’s Incident Management Division struggle to win the tug-of-war competition during Sector Baltimore’s “Battle of the Bay” held on the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Feb. 16, 2013. The inaugural Olympic-style competition is in intended to promote teamwork and morale among the Sector Baltimore-area reservists with a series of seven team-oriented challenges. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi.

Teams of Coast Guard reservists from Station Curtis Bay and from Sector Baltimore’s Incident Management Division struggle to win the tug-of-war competition during Sector Baltimore’s “Battle of the Bay” held on the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Feb. 16, 2013. The inaugural Olympic-style competition is in intended to promote teamwork and morale among the Sector Baltimore-area reservists with a series of seven team-oriented challenges. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi.

“We started the Sector Baltimore Olympics for several reasons,” said Chief Petty Officer David Donohue, the event coordinator. “We want to encourage morale through team-building exercises, as well as promote strength and fitness with Coast Guard-oriented activities.”

Cooperation was paramount in completing all of the events. Each team had to collectively complete 500 push-ups, 750 sit-ups, and help carry a loaded stokes basket that weighed approximately 150 pounds during a sprint race. Other competitions included a volleyball game, tug-of-war, life-ring toss and a 5k relay race. Most events were held indoors at the Columbus Recreation Center on base, while some were held on the Yard campus.

“Events like this have a direct impact on our group dynamics at the station because it helps us learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and how we can help each other on our missions,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeff Kelnberger, a machinery technician and the reserve fitness coordinator at Station St. Inigoes. “Our goal here today is to win, of course, but it is also nice to meet fellow reservists from the area and develop camaraderie with other units.”

The teams earned points for each contest and after the scores were tallied, first place was awarded to Petty Officer 1st Class John Stephanos, Petty Officers 2nd Class Scott Slingland and Jeff Kelnberger and Petty Officers 3rd Class Cameron Buckingham and Gregory Schappell of Station St. Inigoes. Second and third place went to the members from Station Curtis Bay and the Sector Baltimore Vessel Boarding and Security Team respectively.

“I hope it’s a good team-building effort,” added Donohue. “I would like to see this continue on as an annual event and improve the health and well-being of our members.”

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