Summer campers sample 715th MI demonstrations

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Dean Kaialau (left), explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, demonstrates the various robots that are used during operations at Tween Army Demo at the Urban Assault Course, June 25. (Photo by Staff Sgt. David Padilla, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Dean Kaialau (left), explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, demonstrates the various robots that are used during operations at Tween Army Demo at the Urban Assault Course, June 25. (Photo by Staff Sgt. David Padilla, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. David Padilla
500th Military Intelligence Brigade

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, hosted a Tween Army Demo, June 25-27.

The battalion received children from the Hickam School Age Summer Camp and the Catlin Clubhouse to demonstrate Army equipment from a variety of Army professions.

Staff Sgt. Molly Lau (left) and Spc. Zhikai Yang (second from left), both cryptologic linguists assigned to Headquarters Operations Company, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, assist children in donning chemical protective clothing during the battalion’s Tween Army Demo at the Urban Assault Course, June 25. (Photo by Staff Sgt. David Padilla, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Molly Lau (left) and Spc. Zhikai Yang (second from left), both cryptologic linguists assigned to Headquarters Operations Company, 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, assist children in donning chemical protective clothing during the battalion’s Tween Army Demo at the Urban Assault Course, June 25. (Photo by Staff Sgt. David Padilla, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

The demo familiarized and educated more than 80 summer camp children on equipment used in the Soldiers’ profession.

“The majority of the children are from Air Force families, and this is the first time they get to interact with Army Soldiers,” said Capt. Isaac Greenberg, commander of the Headquarters Operations Company, 715th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde. “The demo introduces them to the Army and exposes them to what the Army does on a daily basis.”

Throughout days of the demo, children interacted with ordnance disposal robots and armored service vehicles, and they navigated an urban assault course. The children were treated to a demonstration of the bomb disposal dog. The demo assisted the summer camp in expanding the children’s knowledge and appreciation for their parents’ profession.

“It helped them gain an appreciation of what their military parents do on a day-to-day basis,” said John Janice, a child youth program assistant at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Spc. Jaime Rock (right), explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, demonstrates the control unit for a robot typically used during EOD operations during the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Bde.’s Tween Army Demo at the Urban Assault Course, Schofield Barracks, June 25. (Photo by Staff Sgt. David Padilla, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Spc. Jaime Rock (right), explosive ordnance disposal specialist, 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 303rd EOD Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, demonstrates the control unit for a robot typically used during EOD operations during the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Bde.’s Tween Army Demo at the Urban Assault Course, Schofield Barracks, June 25. (Photo by Staff Sgt. David Padilla, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

In the end, the children thanked the Soldiers with a thunderous thank you, while sneaking in a couple of “HOOAHS.” The demo proved to be a welcomed experience for the Soldiers, and the battalion looks to grow the relationship in the future.

“We hope to continue this next year with the MWR,” Greenberg said.

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