94th AAMDC supports Linapuni’s field day

| May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
Master Sgt. Daniel Chaviera, G6, 94th AAMDC, supports the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10, 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, public affairs, 94th AAMDC)

Master Sgt. Daniel Chaviera, G6, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, supports the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10, 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, public affairs, 94th AAMDC)

Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III
94th 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command

HONOLULU — Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command supported the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10.

Soldiers went over Army physical fitness or physical training (PT) warm-ups and assisted with other fun exercise stations to help teach the kids basic PT techniques.

Susan Kando, parent community networking coordinator, and the parents, community and teachers liaison, is a single person that must bring these groups together to organize community events, such as the field day spearheaded by the 94th AAMDC.

Spc. Alexander Renteria, information management officer, 94th AAMDC, and Spc. Anthony Gobbell, G2, 94th AAMDC, support the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10, 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, public affairs, 94th AAMDC)

Spc. Alexander Renteria, information management officer, 94th AAMDC, and Spc. Anthony Gobbell, G2, 94th AAMDC, support the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10, 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, public affairs, 94th AAMDC)

Kando said, “This replaces the old fair, but now with the budget cuts and the shorter staff, we’ve had to realize that the bottom line is the things that they’ve taken away are gone, and it’s not us that suffers. It’s them. A lot of these kids live in an underprivileged neighborhood, and this gives them the chance to enjoy school.

“The military has been a big help; how can I express that I am so appreciative for what they have done?” Kando said. “Many of the teachers know the children, and they know that the military is a good resource for a father figure because they will give them inspiration to do better. That is the kind of relationship that we want to see.”

Sgt. 1st. Class Wesley Burton, chaplain assistant, 94th AAMDC, helps to organize multiple events almost weekly to help support the children of Linapuni. He was proud to help with yet another event.

Burton said, “It felt great to be a part of the school’s field day activities. Without support from the 94th, it would have been extremely difficult for the school to staff the event. To know that we can make an impact on young children, even amid the demanding requirements of being a professional Soldier, is a good feeling.”

Pfc.Chastoni Jones, administrative clerk, 94th AAMDC, and Pfc. Ronnie Mcnulty, human resources specialist, 94th AAMDC, support the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10, 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, public affairs, 94th AAMDC)

Pfc.Chastoni Jones, administrative clerk, 94th AAMDC, and Pfc. Ronnie Mcnulty, human resources specialist, 94th AAMDC, support the children of Linapuni Elementary in their field event, May 10, 2013. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III, public affairs, 94th AAMDC)

The 94th AAMDC has a long history of representing the Army in its support for Linapuni students, always remaining available for their school events, and Soldiers are more than happy to help support the children.

Burton explained, “Actually, it was quite simple to get support from the unit. The senior leadership in the 94th really supports volunteer efforts at Linapuni, so when I asked for volunteers, it was no problem.”

Because the Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC are so willing to help, the school is more candid about reaching out to them.

Kando said, “Now that we know that the military is more committed, the teachers are more comfortable asking if the military can be allowed to help with the kids.”

The Soldiers of the 94th AAMDC were most appreciative of the warm welcome they received from the staff at the Linapuni.

Burton said, “The staff, teachers and administrators at Linapuni really appreciate our help. Any time we can provide school supplies or volunteers, it helps to foster a true partnership between the Army and the local community.

“The best part about it was that our Soldiers wanted to be there,” Burton added. “After the event was complete, Soldiers still wanted to stay. It was definitely a wonderful day.”

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