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Softball complex on post bears new name

FORT SILL, Okla._Friends, family and community members gathered on Fort Sill Saturday morning to say goodbye to the Cannoneer Softball Complex and hello to the MG Dinges Sports Complex.

Maj. Gen. Edward Dinges was a big factor in the creation of the Lawton - Fort Sill co-op program. It centers its attention on building and maintaining a relationship between the community and the post.

Sue Dinges-Burpo said she couldn't think of a better way for her late husband to be remembered.

"It's so wonderful,” Dinges-Burpo said. “Unfortunately my husband had Alzheimer’s disease, so he died at a very young age. He was active duty, and my grandchildren have never known him. We tell them, but this was so special, to have him honored in this way."

Maj. Gen. Dinges was quite the athlete in his own right, primarily when it came to running. Dinges-Burpo said he would run all day, but was also into other sports.

So it was no surprise to her, when the trait was passed on through the family.

"I have two grandkids that have been at the air force academy, who play lacrosse,” Dinges-Burpo said. “The younger grandson [at fort sill] plays soccer, and we're all OU football fans."

The oldest grandson, Dylan Dinges Erwin, who is also an avid runner, spoke at the ceremony. He talked about his grandfather's athleticism, sense of humor and also how proud he would've been to see his family today.

Everything led up to the moment when a dedication monument was uncovered.

Dinges-Burpo said to her it's more than just a name.

"It’s just special,” Dinges-Burpo said. “We've loved Lawton, it was such a great place to raise our kids, off-and-on. This is just the icing on the cake."

Not many times do batters step in the box and have a view of army equipment, just past the outfield wall.

The co-op group Maj. Gen. Dinges helped to start hosts a yearly softball tournament at the complex. Other events included in the co-op program are a burger cookout, an annual banquet and Dinges award and a memorial golf tournament in the spring.

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