Wolfhounds cement relationship with ‘Mighty Mules’ children

| April 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Spc. Jazz Burney
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — With the occasional ringing of a school bell echoing throughout the campus of Leilehua High School, 15 Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Wolfhounds,” 25th Infantry Division, along with three civilian engineers, laid and paved a cement walkway to provide a dry path to the school’s media room, April 16.

Sgt. Darius King, a forward observer with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, guides a fresh batch of wet cement into a wheelbarrow during a school partnership project at Leilehua High School, April 16. During their recent yearlong deployment in Iraq, the Wolfhounds were no strangers to the local Iraqi schools in their area of operation. 

Leaders provided financial aid and the manpower of Soldiers to help build and enhance many school facilities there.

Here in Hawaii, the unit continues that same spirit of giving and building by continuing its local partnership with the “Mighty Mules” at Leilehua, a school in Wahiawa, outside Schofield Barracks.

The process began with Wolfhounds and Leilehua school officials sitting down and discussing potential projects that could be started on the campus. The initial project presented was having a concrete lane built for the school’s media room. 

The previous pathway to the media room, which was made of dirt and grass, created difficulties in transporting heavy objects, which could only be carried on dollies and trucks. 

The path, when saturated by rain, caused visitors and students alike to track muddy footprints into the classroom. 

These problems, according to Sara Scoville and Johanna Macedon both seniors at the school, revealed the need for a new pathway to be built.

“We have a lot of things we have to move on wheels in our media production class, but having all the grass there prevented us from getting our equipment into our classroom,” said Scoville. “Having the Soldiers here to create this walkway helps us and really means a lot to our class.” 

The Soldiers, along with the engineers, relentlessly carried wheelbarrows full of wet cement to the final destination site of the walkway. 

As light rain fell, the Soldiers followed the lead of the veteran engineers, who showed them how to even out the cement with wooden planks, and step on and slosh the material into place with their boots.

Macedon explained that seeing the Soldiers on campus gave students the opportunity to really see what the U.S. Army contributes to local communities outside of their bases.

“Having the Soldiers doing this job rather than just regular construction workers means more, because it shows that they are thinking of us and are concerned about helping the community,” said Scoville. “It also gave us a better understanding on who the Soldiers are and what they are about.”

Branching out into the local community is important, said 1st Lt. Anthony Arellano, officer in charge of the construction from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt. 

“We are here to build relationships,” he said. “With Schofield Barracks having everything Soldiers need right on the base, we really don’t ever have to leave post, but we are a part of this community.

“This has been an excellent way to show that we are connected to our neighbors,” Arellano  added.

Category: Community, Community Relations

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