Army Reserves, NFL get ‘green’

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Maverick Que, forward observer, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, plants a shrub with his niece during the 2013 Pro Bowl Week tree-planting event at Palolo Elementary School, Friday.

Spc. Maverick Que, forward observer, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt., 9th MSC, plants a shrub with his niece during the 2013 Pro Bowl Week tree-planting event at Palolo Elementary School, Friday.

Story and photo by
Brian Melanephy
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

HONOLULU — Pacific Army Reserve Soldiers from the 9th Mission Support Command, as well as civilians, family members and representatives from the National Football League joined forces during a Pro Bowl Week tree planting.

Shortly after lunch, Friday, Soldiers headed approximately nine miles across town to do some “green work” at Palolo Elementary School.

Lively students and teachers at Palolo greeted Soldiers when they arrived. In addition, the Denver Bronco’s first year defensive end, Ben Garland, greeted kids before the event and dug in with Soldiers, students and teachers to plant trees.

Garland, a graduate of the Air Force Academy and a first lieutenant in the Colorado National Guard, proved a perfect fit for the event.

“We (NFL players) are blessed, and we want to give back. We love stuff like this,” said Garland.

Shortly after the event started, students suddenly became interested in autographs, but not just from Garland. All of a sudden, every Soldier was a celebrity, too, with lines of kids about them asking for their autographs.

This event was the third year the 9th MSC has participated, and the second year it has partnered with the NFL to plant trees.

Spc. Maverick Que, forward observer, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, 9th MSC, brought his niece with him.

“I came today to support going green, motivate the next generation and volunteer in the community,” Que said, after planting one tree and five other plants.

Later, Col. John Cardwell, 9th MSC acting commander, arrived and immediately got to work planting, digging holes and spreading mulch.

At the end of the three-hour event, 9th MSC participants, NFL representatives and Palolo Elem. School students had planted 20 trees on the campus.

The event ended with sweat on brows, dirt on boots and smiles on faces.

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