FORT LEWIS, Wash. – I Corps Soldiers at Fort Lewis will observe I Corps Pride Week May 5 through 9. “Pride Week” activities are conducted annually to conduct Soldier training, enhance esprit-d’ corps, and maintain training areas throughout the installation. This year, Soldiers from every major subordinate command will:
- Police Fort Lewis’ training areas for trash, debris, and illegal dump sites,
- Vie for bragging rights – and the I Corps Commander’s Cup- in brigade-on-brigade athletic competition,
- Participate in unit “Organization Day” activities,
- Attend the first annual Fort Lewis Safety Fair,
- Participate in the I Corps Unit Run.
There will be two opportunities for media to cover the Commander’s Cup events during the week. The full slate of events includes Army hand-to-hand combatives, a pugil stick “smackdown,” rifle marksmanship, a military vehicle push/pull, boxing, weightlifting and a 10K run.
The “best of the best” from each brigade will compete in bracketed competitions until winners are determined for each event- the Commander’s Cup will be awarded to the top-scoring brigade at the end of the week’s competition.
The run begins at I Corps Headquarters, at 7 a.m. Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., I Corps commander, and Command Sgt. Major Frank Grippe, I Corps Command Sergeant Major, will lead thousands of I Corps Soldiers in the unit run.
Soldiers will assemble behind their unit colors at points along the route, and fall in behind the command group as it passes, until the entire I Corps is running in a single formation through the Fort Lewis cantonment area.