SAMC helps leads way for future Soldiers

| August 25, 2011 | 0 Comments
Members and future members of the Hawaii SAMC chapter collect donated Class A uniforms to be given to Hawaii Multiple School JROTC, Aug. 15.

Members and future members of the Hawaii SAMC chapter collect donated Class A uniforms to be given to Hawaii Multiple School JROTC, Aug. 15.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — During the last few months, Soldiers from throughout Oahu have been donating their phased-out Army Class A uniforms for a good cause.

“I’m here with the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, donating Class A uniforms to support the local high schools’ JROTC students, here, on island,” said Sgt. Maj. Jeff Fairley, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade.

For some Hawaii families, uniforms just aren’t in the budget, so SAMC and Hawaii Multiple Schools JROTC work together to provide children with the tools needed to be successful in a JROTC program.

“These uniforms really help to support the children that can’t afford to buy uniforms; these will allow them to compete with other children in other high schools,” said Staff Sgt. Celeste Imel, 524th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th Theater Sust. Command, and U.S. Army-Hawaii SAMC president, who headed the organization during the collection.

This is the second year SAMC has hosted the drive. This year, Soldiers increased the number of donations by 184, making this year’s total 569.

The 569 donated Class As aren’t just for show. The uniforms come from a place of pride, are pieces of history and were worn by heroes.

“A lot of these uniforms come from combat veterans. These uniforms that are going out (to the students) come from all walks of life,” said Sgt. Anthony McCaskill, 536th Support Maintenance Company, 45th Sust. Bde. “There is a lot of history in these uniforms, and (they) will now be worn by our future leaders and Soldiers of America.”

The SAMC is an organization that takes pride in being able to give back to its local communities.

“Everything you do in the community makes a difference,” Fairley said. “That’s what this club is all about, giving something back to the community.”

The Class A drive is just a small part of the relationship between USARHAW’s-SAMC and Hawaii Multiple Schools JROTC.

“We have a very close relationship with the JROTC, and we will continue to support them as we grow as a club,” Imel said.

 

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