2nd BCT families begin ‘Walk to Iraq and Back’ during deployment

| July 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Ricardo Branch
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division 

Families and friends of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Divsion begin logging miles for the “Walk to Iraq and Back” program, July 21, at Stoneman Field on Schofield Barracks. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The families and friends of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered at Stoneman Field, here, Monday, to begin their “Walk to Iraq and Back” event, for the unit’s deployment overseas.

Walk to Iraq and Back is a program in which individuals and groups join together to collectively walk 23,698 miles, the distance from Schofield Barracks to Iraq, to show their support for 2nd BCT Soldiers. 

Families and friends wishing to take part and help log miles to reach the goal are encouraged to contact their unit’s family readiness group coordinator.

Maj. Chris Hanna, rear detachment commander, 2nd BCT, began the event by highlighting how the program started and what it means to the individuals who participate.

“Today represents a humble grassroots beginning that started in 2nd Bde. during our last rotation, and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this, again,” Hanna said. “I remember watching the miles get tracked for the program in Iraq. It was a big thing for me and helped many (Soldiers) downrange feel connected with loves ones back home.” 

Jessica Ladwig, a military spouse present at the event, said the program is a good way to promote health and fitness among the families, as well as get them together for activities to take their minds off the stressors that come with having a loved one away from home.

“My husband really likes me to stay healthy,” Ladwig said. “He may be overseas, but any support that I can give him to help motivate him over there, I’ll do.”

Ladwig continued by saying that unit activities, like the Walk to Iraq and Back event, are great because spouses and family members can get involved in counting the miles in many ways.

“Just by going to your local gym, taking the family pet out for a run or going jogging in the evening can help add to the miles for the unit,” she said.

Following the event, families gathered for an open house to sign up for classes to start their healthy habits and take part in a Zumba and yoga demonstrations.

“This was great,” Ladwig said. “It was a lot of fun, and I connected with a lot of friends in the unit. My husband may not be here, but he loves events like this (that) keep people connected and help (families) during a deployment.”

Story and Photo by Sgt. Ricardo Branch 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The families and friends of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered at Stoneman Field, here, Monday, to begin their “Walk to Iraq and Back” event, for the unit’s deployment overseas.Walk to Iraq and Back is a program in which individuals and groups join together to collectively walk 23,698 miles, the distance from Schofield Barracks to Iraq, to show their support for 2nd BCT Soldiers. Families and friends wishing to take part and help log miles to reach the goal are encouraged to contact their unit’s family readiness group coordinator.Maj. Chris Hanna, rear detachment commander, 2nd BCT, began the event by highlighting how the program started and what it means to the individuals who participate.“Today represents a humble grassroots beginning that started in 2nd Bde. during our last rotation, and it’s a pleasure to be a part of this, again,” Hanna said. “I remember watching the miles get tracked for the program in Iraq. It was a big thing for me and helped many (Soldiers) downrange feel connected with loves ones back home.” Jessica Ladwig, a military spouse present at the event, said the program is a good way to promote health and fitness among the families, as well as get them together for activities to take their minds off the stressors that come with having a loved one away from home.“My husband really likes me to stay healthy,” Ladwig said. “He may be overseas, but any support that I can give him to help motivate him over there, I’ll do.”Ladwig continued by saying that unit activities, like the Walk to Iraq and Back event, are great because spouses and family members can get involved in counting the miles in many ways.“Just by going to your local gym, taking the family pet out for a run or going jogging in the evening can help add to the miles for the unit,” she said.Following the event, families gathered for an open house to sign up for classes to start their healthy habits and take part in a Zumba and yoga demonstrations.“This was great,” Ladwig said. “It was a lot of fun, and I connected with a lot of friends in the unit. My husband may not be here, but he loves events like this (that) keep people connected and help (families) during a deployment.”

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