65th Eng. Soldiers, families hop, hide, hug through Easter celebration

| April 28, 2011 | 0 Comments
Keiki dye Easter eggs, one of the events at the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC Easter celebration at Schofield Barracks, April 16.

Keiki dye Easter eggs, one of the events at the 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC Easter celebration at Schofield Barracks, April 16.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Easter Bunny arrived early for Soldiers and families of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, here, April 16.

Soldiers brought their spouses and children to hunt for Easter eggs and to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny.

Battalion Soldiers began preparing for the kid-friendly Easter event weeks in advance.

“It’s an unwritten rule that we’re supposed to be giving back to the children, and that’s what I’m doing here,” said Sgt. Cedric Burton, Forward Support Company, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

Spc. Derek Jones, 70th Geospatial Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., and his son, Davyn, participated in several events, including the aptly named “Chubby Bunny Challenge.” Contestants had to stuff as many marshmallows into their mouths as possible. Jones won the adult competition with a grand total of 11 marshmallows at one time.

Spc. Jason Weaver, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., attended the event with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Adaline. This Easter was the family’s first together, and he said although it’s “tough being away from family, it makes us cherish the moments at home.”

When asked about some of his favorite Easter traditions, Spc. Kelly Bond, 95th Route Clearance Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., said that his favorite Easter traditions were “hanging out with my wife and children and cooking all day.”

Other battalion events included an Easter egg hunt, a bounce house, an egg toss and spoon races. Prizes ranged from candy treats to three- and four-day passes for parents.

“I’m single and live in the barracks, so I wanted to take some of the burden off of others with families,” said Sgt. James Reeder, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., who helped with the event.

 

Tags: , , ,

Category: Community, Observances

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *