Lee’s Dragon brigade celebrates 81st year

Amy Perry Col. Tamatha Patterson and Command Sgt. Maj. James Thomas, command team for the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, cut the cake during a short ceremony Monday before a golf scramble to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the unit’s service. The brigade also held a 3-mile fun run earlier in the day.. (Photo by Amy Perry, Fort Lee Public Affairs) Amy Perry/MilitaryNews

FORT LEE, Va. (May 4, 2017) -- Soldiers and civilians from the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade recognized the unit’s 81 years of service Monday with a 3-mile fun run, a cake-cutting ceremony and a golf scramble at the Cardinal Golf Club.


Col. Tamatha Patterson and Command Sgt. Maj. James Thomas, command team for the 23rd, led the event and cut the cake before the golf scramble.

Patterson said the day’s events were a great opportunity to remember the unit’s service.

“It is important for a unit to understand its history, so it can better prepare for the future,” she said. “This unit has a long history of service to our nation that dates back to World War II. Celebrations such as this remind us our nation is counting on this team to continue guarding their freedom by producing combat ready logisticians, relevant today and prepared for tomorrow.”

Building unit camaraderie was a large part of the day’s mission.

“This was a fun day for all who attended,” said Patterson. “The best part of the event was the golf scramble because it allowed teammates and old friends to socialize and have fellowship in a fun-filled environment. The goal of this event was to build esprit de dorps and camaraderie across the command and from the number of participants who played golf, we achieved our goal.”

The 244th QM Battalion – that included several leaders from the organization – won first place during the golf scramble and earned a Family and MWR prize pack.

Patterson said many were involved in making the event a memorable experience.

“I would like to thank the Fort Lee MWR and the golf course team of professionals housing and supporting our events,” she said. “My brigade adjutant, Maj. Clint Roundtree, and his team did a fantastic job coordinating and overseeing our brigade birthday events for all to enjoy. I also want to thank all of the Dragon brigade’s Soldiers, noncommissioned officers, officers, Department of the Army Civilians, and families for everything they do to support this command, our Army and the nation.”

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