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27th IS score championship win

By Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec | 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Dec. 4, 2018


The 27th Intelligence Squadron beat the 633rd Medical Group for intramural flag-football championship at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Nov. 27, 2018.


According to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Frank Mackay, 633rd Force Support Squadron sports program manager, each major intramural sport is culminated, in the spirit of camaraderie, with a championship game to find out which base unit reigns supreme in that respective sport.


Last year’s champions, the 633rd Medical Group, were defeated by the 27th IS who didn’t even make it to the playoffs last year.


“I don’t even think teams really thought of us (this year),” said Staff Sgt. Antonio Benjamin, 27th IS coach. “What played a big difference (to win this year) was leadership—we had a new coach Master Sgt. Masai Dafar.”


Dafar, 27th IS flight superintendent, won intramural titles at his last base and came to the team with a game plan to help win the championship.


Coupled with Dafar, Benjamin was able to transmit the motivation to win to the rest of the team.


Benjamin said he enjoyed coaching a group of players who were unselfish and listened, making it a complete team victory.


“I play softball, football and basketball,” Benjamin said. “This is my first intramural title, but not only does it feel really good to win, it was fun.”


For the 27th IS, whose Airmen work in different shops, it was an opportunity to meet one another and have fun as a squadron.


The intramural sports program helps Airmen exercise the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness to build and sustain a resilient workforce.


“You have the physical aspect with people running and exercising, but to me it’s the least important thing in the CAF,” Benjamin said. “When it comes to the pillars of CAF, the most important one in this case is the social aspect, getting people to come out here and get out of their comfort zone. You get young Airmen, sergeants and officers working together on the same level as one team.”


Following the championship game, an All-Star game between selected MVPs from Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base was played on Nov. 29, 2018.


In this matchup, Langley AFB defeated Fort Eustis with a score of 27 to 13 and earned the right to bring home the Commander’s Trophy.


“Bringing the Commander’s Trophy back to Langley is awesome!” said Capt. Christina Kane, 633rd FSS sustainment services flight commander. “The Commander’s Trophy initiative promotes participation in all of our sports programs. We are a joint squadron but we enjoy a little friendly competition with our sister services. The 633rd FSS applauds all athletes participating in the All-Star game, we can’t wait to see who is awarded the prestigious award next year!”


For more information on the intramural sports program 225-8156.

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