UH-Manoa game honors wounded warriors, spouses

| November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Specialists (front, from left) Roberto Torres, Michael Haydon, Timothy Adams and Quentin Gallow, Purple Heart recipients assigned to 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, are personally recognized for their sacrifices and service to the nation at Aloha Stadium, Saturday.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. William Sallette
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Local wounded warriors and their families were recognized for the seventh year in a row during the University of Hawaii’s annual Military Appreciation Game, here, at Aloha Stadium, Saturday.

Before the game began, the Honolulu Navy League presented a $500 Key Spouse Award to eight military spouses for their dedication and service to the community.

Beverly Tate displays the $500 check she received after being named one of eight recipients of the Honolulu Navy League’s 2012 Key Spouse Award during a presentation at the UH’s Military Appreciation Night game, Nov. 24.

Beverly Tate, senior advisor for the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade’s family readiness group and wife of Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB, was one of the key spouses recognized. Her role as the senior advisor in the FRG is to help advise, coach and mentor battalion and company FRG leaders, so they may better assist the spouses of the Soldiers in their units.

“The whole concept of the FRG is that we pull together and try to help each other become independent, strong and ready for anything, and I saw great value in that,” Tate said.

Her decision to focus so much of her time to the FRG came from her own life experiences of being the spouse of a deployed Soldier. Almost immediately following their wedding eight years ago, Frank was deployed to Afghanistan.

“I was new to the Army, and he deployed right away,” said Tate. “I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know anything about the Army, and what I quickly realized is that the Army is my new extended family.”

Tate teaches yoga and is a stress-reduction and coping mechanisms instructor. During the deployment of her husband’s unit, she provided these services for free to the spouses of the 25th CAB. She also plans to donate the money from her award to the brigade to help offset some of the cost of the redeployment brigade ball, in hopes it will assist in making the tickets more affordable for everyone.

Soldiers from the 25th CAB, 25th ID, along with service members from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, march in formation onto the field at Aloha Stadium to be honored for their service.

During the halftime presentation, UH honored wounded warriors from across Hawaii with plaques in appreciation of their sacrifice and service to the state and their country. Specialists Roberto Torres, Michael Haydon, Timothy Adams and Quentin Gallow — Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division — were all recognized for their personal sacrifices.

“This is not something I need to make me feel good about myself or what I do, but it is definitely nice to stand in front of this stadium full of people and be recognized for the sacrifices we make,” said Torres, a forward observer who was wounded in a firefight during combat operations in Afghanistan.

“This really is just awesome,” said Adams, who was wounded during a firefight in Afghanistan. “It is really cool to see how many supportive people there are out there, because you just don’t expect it these days.”

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