Meet the Bowling First Sergeant

Meet the Bowling First Sergeant

Most people in the military and those with memories of military service really do/did not want to see the First Sergeant walk in. First Sergeant Curtis Blackwell of the Dyess AFB Clinic is the exception both on and off duty. He also does really well when he has to combine the two as I saw the night he was filling his first shirt duties while being the anchor on our bowling team. Just as we started bowling – he was notified that the Clinic Commander had fallen from a ladder at his home and broken his arm. After taking the message, he wondered out loud “Who do you call when the person you’re supposed to call is the person you are calling about?” He managed to get all of the notifications made, rescheduled the operating schedule for the next day and bowled a 600+ series.{{more}}So this is not about being a First Sergeant but about one of the better bowlers in the area. He is currently carrying high 190 averages in the three leagues he bowls at Dyess Lanes and is over 200 as a regular substitute in another league. His first year in Abilene saw he and a partner win the City Mixed Doubles and the Texas State Doubles both with near record totals. This year he was third in the City Tournament Scratch.Most of our time was spent discussing his development as a bowler. He started bowling with his mother who really enjoyed the sport. She got him involved in a church youth league where his starting average with a house ball was 22. He finished that first league with a 65 average. He bought his first custom ball in 1991 after he joined the Air Force. He soon went to having a average around 180. He stated that his main problem was he would be bowling well but see someone on another lane that seemed to be “blowing the pins off the lane” and he would start trying to copy that person in the middle of his own game and his score would suffer “a lot”.After he transferred to Dyess, he got to watch local bowler Robby White. Robby told him “use your own style and do what is natural to your own body.” 1SGT Blackwell then went from 180 to over 200 simply by being consistent and not trying to copy all the other successful bowlers. He gives of his time coaching the Dyess Youth League on Saturdays give back to the sport and to those that helped him. He teaches them 1. Use your own style that is natural to your body, 2. Be consistent, 3. If you are buying a ball – get one that fits your hand because “pain is telling you to get a different ball and MOST of ALL – Have Fun.