MP dogs thrill kids at Month of the Military Child celebration

| May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. William Cotner, 13th MP Det., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, shows off the skills of his military working dog, Sgt. 1st Class Dunco, as he sits on a balance beam during a Month of the Military Child event at Schofield Barracks, April 22. (Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia | 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Staff Sgt. William Cotner, 13th MP Det., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, shows off the skills of his military working dog, Sgt. 1st Class Dunco, as he sits on a balance beam during a Month of the Military Child event at Schofield Barracks, April 22. (Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia | 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Sgt. Christopher Huddleston
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Scores of military children marched through the Bennett Child Youth Center parking lot in amazement during the 8th Theater Sustainment Command’s Month of the Military Child event, here, April 22.

Soldiers displayed a variety of military vehicles, a triage site, an Army Public Health Nursing nutrition display and a military working demonstration. Kids also could climb aboard the Federal Fire Department fire truck.

“The event was fabulous,” said Sherilyn Tokunaga; lead training specialist; Child, Youth and School Services; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “We really strive to get the kids to participate in as many events as they can. The kids have parents who are deployed, and they easily identify with the Soldiers supporting the event.”

Two military working dogs, Sgt. 1st Class Dunco and Staff Sgt. Arco, stole the show, while the kids scrambled to get a better view of their tricks.

“Kids are amazed by how smart our dogs are,” said Staff Sgt. William Cotner, dog handler, 13th Military Police Detachment, 8th MP Brigade, 8th TSC. “The kids may not understand what their parents do for the military, but they like to see the dogs with the Soldier.”

The kids at the MOMC event had a great time as they climbed aboard the military vehicles and pretended to drive.

The 561st Engineer Company, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, brought in its bucket loader and scrapper vehicles.

“When I found out I was going to support an event for the Month of the Military Child, I was honored to be a part of it and be able to give something back to the kids,” said Staff Sgt. Derius Outlaw, 561st Eng. Co., 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde. “It felt good to have the kids do something different.”

Combat-lifesaver-certified Soldiers from 45th Sust. Bde. set up a triage station to show kids how they help Soldiers every day.

“This was a great event for the community,” said Spc. Jeremy Franklin, medic, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde. “The kids really enjoyed the mannequin the most and were surprised to see the chest filling with air.”

Twenty-five years ago, the Department of Defense designated April as the Month of the Military Child. The celebration recognizes the important role that children play in the military community and applaudes them for their sacrifices and courage.

During April, military children were honored Armywide for the roles they play in the armed forces community. Month of the Military Child pays tribute to the daily sacrifices Army youth make in supporting America’s service members.

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