2nd SBCT hosts Black History Month

| March 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby (left), senior noncommissioned offier, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, addressed the crowd before presenting Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Eric Jackson, rear detachment chaplain, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID, with a certificate of appreciation during the Black History Month Celebration, hosted by the 2nd SBCT at the Tropics restaurant, here, Feb. 26. Chaplain Jackson was the keynote speaker at the celebration. (Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby (left), senior noncommissioned offier, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, addressed the crowd before presenting Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Eric Jackson, rear detachment chaplain, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID, with a certificate of appreciation during the Black History Month Celebration, hosted by the 2nd SBCT at the Tropics restaurant, here, Feb. 26. Chaplain Jackson was the keynote speaker at the celebration. (Staff Sgt. Sean Everette, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs,
25th Infantry Division

The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team hosted a Black History Month celebration at the Tropics, here, Feb. 26.

The 2013 theme was “Proud of who we are, where we come from, and those who came before us.”

The guest speaker was Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Eric Jackson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, rear detachment. His message was one of motivation and progress, while not forgetting those who came before.

“It is important to recognize what our forefathers have done,” said event lead planner Capt. Adeniran Dairo, supply, 2nd SBCT. “I am an African-American. It is good to look back and think about what those who came before have done, what they’ve passed through, and take a cue from that as an inspiration and motivation to do better. They have set a standard, and we have to meet that standard and move forward.”

Dairo added that he thinks African-Americans still have a lot of ground to cover.

“Today’s message is to motivate ourselves,” he said. “We shouldn’t be complacent. Rather, we should keep moving forward, getting things done — as we say in the Army, improving your foxhole. There are still things African-Americans need to do and improve.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, senior enlisted leader, 2nd SBCT, recognized some of the contributions African-Americans have made to the Army and the 25th Infantry Division. He also believes ethnic observances like this are important.

“Personally, it gives me the opportunity to reflect back on some of the reasons why I set goals and made certain decisions,” said Crosby.

“For the brigade, it shows Soldiers, families and leaders that it’s important to recognize … historical events and show that the leadership is actually concerned about these major events that have occurred, and set positive conditions for previous, current and even future Soldiers,” he added.

“It was a great day to take out an hour or two and reflect back. That’s the most important thing,” Crosby added.

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