MI’s serve breakfast with hairnets and smiles

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

500th MI volunteers, responds to community call to aid local hungry

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. David Padilla
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

HONOLULU — It was 6:45 a.m., Feb. 28, when six Soldiers from the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade donned their hairnets, aprons and gloves, while receiving instructions from a kitchen aid at the Institute for Human Services, here.

Within minutes, each of the six Soldiers manned their stations and began assembling breakfast plates with the speed of an automated factory assembly line.

Sgt. Kevin Tunwar, a human resources specialist assigned to 500th MI Bde., fills cereal bowls while volunteering at the Institute for Human Services, Honolulu, Feb. 28, as part of the brigade’s personnel section’s quarterly team building

Sgt. Kevin Tunwar, a human resources specialist assigned to 500th MI Bde., fills cereal bowls while volunteering at the Institute for Human Services, Honolulu, Feb. 28, as part of the brigade’s personnel section’s quarterly team building

The Soldiers, immediately greeted by guests with a smile, then handed them a warm breakfast plate, as more hungry patrons lined up for their first meal of the day.

The breakfast service was provided by Maj. Hwajin Clark, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Midgett, Sgt. Kelvin Tunwar, Spc. Alysya Noakes, Warrant Officer Savath Kilburn, Sgt. Yesenia Berrones and Spc. Jordan Cooperrider, all assigned to the 500th MI Bde., at the Institute for Human Services, as part of the section’s quarterly team building.

“Volunteering is something that I have done growing up, and it means a great deal to help others out,” said Clark. “Others may see it as doing a good deed, but for me, it makes me feel good to be able to help others, and it teaches to not take things for granted and to appreciate what you have, because others are not so fortunate.”

This event marks the first time that the section has been able to give back to their community and proved not only beneficial to the guests at the IHS, but also to the members of the section.

This time spent at the center will be remembered as fulfilling.

“Even though I was just pouring milk, the gratitude of the people was amazing, and it made me feel good,” said Cooperrider, a human resources specialist, 500th MI Bde.

All in all, the Soldiers were grateful for giving back to the community and look forward to future volunteer opportunities to help out.

“I enjoyed every minute of it,” Clark said. “To know we were able to help in some way was a humbling experience.”

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