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A Canon Event: Team Cannon victorious in first-ever Western Regional Esports Invitational

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mateo Parra
  • 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

On Sept. 22-23, four Air Commandos from the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron took first place at the Western Regional Esports Invitational Tournament at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The Western Regional Esports Invitational Tournament, hosted by Air Force Gaming and Hill Air Force Base’s 75th Force Support Squadron, welcomed approximately 40 Airmen and Guardians from across the western U.S. to showcase their virtual prowess and lethality in the first-ever Air Force base versus base Esports tournament. 

“Everybody from different backgrounds can all gather around gaming; it gets Airmen out of the dorms to go and mingle with other people so they're not alone,” said Staff Sgt. Cameron Chaviers, 27th SOSFS quality control evaluator. “This allows people the opportunity to interact with one another, build a great community and create partnerships for life.”

Competitors from 12 bases participated in the event, including teams from Hill AFB, Utah; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Luke AFB, Ariz.; Buckley Space Force Base, Colo.; and the United States Air Force Academy, Colo. Team Cannon won the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 competition, bringing home the traveling trophy to be displayed until the next Western Regional Esports Invitational Tournament.

“It allowed me to improve my communication skills which can obviously have a big impact conversing with one another,” Chaviers said. “So it gets you out of your shell to talk to other individuals because in gaming there is no rank structure.”

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