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Airman dreams for glory at World Military Games

by Airman 1st Class Amy Perry
437 AW Public Affairs
Photo by: Staff Sgt. Ricky Bloom
Airman First Class Kendric Green, 6th Medical Group, concentrates at the foul line. He is playing for a chance to compete in the World Military Games in Catania, Sicily

CHARLESTON AFB, S.C. - One airman from MacDill is competing for a coveted spot on the All Armed Forces Basketball team.

Airman First Class Kendric C. Green, emergency technician in the 6th Medical Group, is at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., trying to become one of the twelve selected to go to the World Military Games in Catania, Sicily.

The WMG are held every four years since 1995 and is the second largest world sporting event outside of the Olympics. With 127 member nations around the world and only 15 different sports, only the best teams from each country are allowed to compete.

Airman Green said he is enthused to have this opportunity.

"It will be a great experience, as well as a great honor to represent the United States in a competitive game that I love to play," said Airman Green. "It makes me feel like I'm doing something that really matters."

To make it to the All Armed Forces team, players had to be on their respective service's team. Then, representatives from each team voted on the players who would get the chance to go to the WMG.

Airman Green has played as a forward and guard on the All Air Force team for one year, and is in his first year of being on the All Armed Forces team.

Since the All Marine Corps Basketball team won the Armed Forces tournament, two Marines are taking their first steps toward the World Military Games as coaches of the All Armed Forces Basketball team.

Antonio Robinson, a master gunnery sergeant food technician in Headquarters and Services Company from Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., also known as "Coach Rob," is the head coach this year. James Jones, known as "Coach Red," is this year's assistant coach. He is a captain from Camp Lejeune, N.C., who coaches Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Base Cherry Point, N.C., and brings his Marines up and down the East coast to play basketball.

The two coaches have been in charge of the All Marine Corps team for the last two years, and this is their first year together as the All Armed Forces coaches.

Coach Rob describes their relation in comparison to bookends.

"We work well together," said Coach Rob. "I'm the calm one, and Coach Red is always excited. But we also talk and communicate. Sometimes he sees things I don't see."

The coaches attribute their success on the court to their opposite attitudes during games. During practice, the story's different.

"During practice time is when you get excited," said Coach Rob. "You get into the discipline there; that's our time." Coach Rob said their opposite game-time attitudes were not planned, they just turned out that way.

Another key strategy of the coaching duo is their emphasis on defensive man-to-man coverage. Coach Red said this year's All Marine Corps team was the best defensive team he's ever seen.

The opportunity to mentor the young Marines, airmen, soldiers and seamen is what drew both of them into coaching the Armed Forces squad.

"I want to emphasis the fundamentals of basketball; sportsmanship, working hard and working as a team," said Coach Red. Both coaches expressed their thanks to the commands for allowing the players this vast opportunity. "It's just an honor for me," said Coach Red. "When I talked about it to my command, I told them what an honor it would be to wear U.S.A. on my chest."




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