CAB family grows closer

| November 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Keith Whitfield (right) ladles chili into a cup with help from Cpl. Cody Pybas (left), both with HHT, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID, during the 5K and chili cook-off event, Nov. 5.

Staff Sgt. Keith Whitfield (right) ladles chili into a cup with help from Cpl. Cody Pybas (left), both with HHT, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, 25th ID, during the 5K and chili cook-off event, Nov. 5.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD —The event gave the 25th CAB family and the Schofield Barracks community a chance to come together prior to the 25th CAB’s upcoming deployment.

The event opened with a 5K race, here, with more than 350 Soldiers, families and civilians participating. Some 25th CAB Soldiers motivated each other by running in formations while calling cadence, by running in costumes or by running with a two-man CH-47 Chinook helicopter model.

The race started at the football field, here, and proceeded around the airfield and down the gulch, before turning around to head back to the starting line.

The first male competitor to cross the line was Spc. Daniel Ruiz, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, with a time of 18:55. In the female division, 1st Lt. Catherine McNair, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., won with a time of 22:56.

“I had a great time participating in this event,” said Sgt. 1st Class Julia Krampe, floor supervisor, Company D, 3rd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regt. “I came out to support our unit and the unit’s family readiness group and to spend time with others from the unit and surrounding community.”

After the race, runners and families gathered to relax and enjoy the different types of chili at 19 different chili booths that competed against each other.

“I had an amazing time out here at the run and the chili cook-off,” said Vanessa Errico, wife of Capt. Vito Errico, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Sqdn, 6th Cav. Regt. “All of the units brought their best chili recipes to the event. Out of the ones I tried, the 25th CAB’s chili was the spiciest.”

Besides the cook-off and race, the 25th CAB set up static displays of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Also, keiki could enjoy inflatable bounce houses.

“This was a fantastic event for the families to feel closer bonds with others in the unit, by running and sharing chili and fun-filled events, all allowing us to come together before deployment,” said Lt. Col. Thomas O’Connor, commander, 2nd Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt. “The event would not have been an event if it were not for the families who participated in it. The success of this event can all be attributed to the families who came out to show their support.”

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