Toby Keith visits 3-7th FA during field exercise

| May 7, 2013 | 1 Comment
Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Bates, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, thanks country music singer Toby Keith for visiting his Soldiers during a field exercise at Schofield Barracks, May 4. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Bates (left), 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, thanks country music singer Toby Keith for visiting his Soldiers during a field exercise at Schofield Barracks, May 4. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Country music singer Toby Keith took time to visits Soldiers in 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, “Steel,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during their field exercise, and fire an M119 105mm towed howitzer, here, May 4.

For years, Toby Keith has been touring and performing for Soldiers, but taking the time out of his schedule to do visit them in the field is just that much better.

“It shows the troops how much the stars care about what they do on a daily basis,” said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Bates, 3-7th FA, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Bates, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, presents country music singer Toby Keith with the casing of an M119 105MM towed howitzer round at Schofield Barracks, May 4. The casing is from the round that the singer fired from the M119 minutes before. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Bates, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, presents country music singer Toby Keith with the casing of an M119 105MM towed howitzer round at Schofield Barracks, May 4. The casing is from the round that the singer fired from the M119 minutes before. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Everyone knew he was coming out, but the weather made it a little unclear whether or not this visit was going to happen.

“We weren’t sure if he was coming out because of the rain, but he came out here in the pouring rain and stuck with us,” said Pfc. Travis Guernsey, 3-7th FA, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

By showing up despite the rain, Keith gave the morale of Soldiers of the “Never Broken” battalion a boost.

“Coming out in the rain shows he cares for the brothers in arms; he really pumped us up,” said Guernsey. “This round was the best we fired all day.”

When it’s all said and done, having a star like Toby Keith come out to visit Soldiers in the rain makes the weather not so harsh.

“To come out here … in this weather, you couldn’t ask for more,” said Bates.

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  1. SFC Troche says:

    Way to go 1st Platoon… Without question, the BEST FA Platoon in the Army, By far. Mr. Keith made their day, so proud of them.

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