8th MPs run to honor vets

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Maj. Daryl Collins (left), Maj. Ann Dunscombe (middle) and Capt. Adam Storms, operations section, 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, race during the sixth annual U.S. Vets 5K Patriot Run/Walk. (Courtesy of Brittany Gilmore)

EWA BEACH — Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, has seen deployments from Desert Storm to Kosovo to Afghanistan, creating a veteran-leadership required to lead a brigade and leaving large footsteps for future Soldiers to follow.

These same veterans who have forged ahead in these battles took the time to honor the veterans who came before them during the sixth annual U.S. Vets 5K Patriot Run/Walk, Iroquois Point, Nov. 13.

Funds from the run will be used to help veterans.

Staff Sgt. Levi Duran, military policeman, HHC, 8th MP Bde., was among those running. Duran, whose grandparents, uncles and father served in the military, entered the race with his wife and daughter.

“My father and I used to do something together every Veterans Day, but he couldn’t make it, so my wife and I decided this was a good opportunity to start a new family tradition,” Duran said.

Duran joined the military in the midst of the Sept. 11 attacks, and two years later, he deployed to Iraq.

“I was a newly-minted sergeant in charge of Soldiers for not only the first time, but (also) in a combat zone,” he said. “I was nervous, but I was also excited and eager.”

Coming out of Iraq as a combat veteran, Duran has made it a priority to pass on his combat experience to new recruits.

“You can’t recreate the effect combat has on a Soldier; it takes that first improvised explosive device explosion or that first bullet flying by your head (to transition to a war veteran),” Duran said. “When I see Soldiers I trained come back from combat, (it makes me proud) to see them successfully turn from civilian to Soldier.”

“Coming together like the HHC did for a Veterans Day run is a great way to build camaraderie with your unit, and running for fellow veterans is a good cause,” Duran said.

The 5K Patriot Run raised $25,000, which will help U.S. Vets support homeless military veterans and their families with items like a shuttle to the Veterans Affairs hospital, a bus pass to get to work and food.


Donations are still being accepted to help homeless veterans in Hawaii. Visit www.patriotrunhawaii.com, call 682-0111 or e-mail usveteranshawaii@gmail.com.





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