FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., I Corps commanding general, and Command Sgt. Major Frank Grippe, I Corps Command Sergeant Major, led the way as about 20,000 Fort Lewis troops completed 5.25 mile I Corps run on Friday, May 9.
The run got underway at 7 a.m. right after a skydiver landed across the street from the I Corps Headquarters building to deliver the I Corps colors to the Commanding General. Soldiers and units who had assembled behind their unit colors at points along the route, fell in behind the command group as it passed, until the entire I Corps was running in a single formation through the Fort Lewis cantonment area.
This was the first time the thousands of Soldiers assigned to I Corps and supporting units at Fort Lewis have run in a single formation since 2004.
Following the run, Fort Lewis spouses were recognized during a Military Spouse Appreciation Day free pancake breakfast at the Post Exchange. Military Spouse Appreciation Day began in 1984. On the Friday before Mother’s Day, the U.S. Armed Forces recognize those men and women who do not serve in uniform themselves, but whose personal courage and sacrifices make possible the continued military service of their husbands and wives.