Troopers at PTA get a chow break from MREs

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments
After enjoying pizza and soda provided by Gathering of Eagles at Bradshaw Army Airfield, PTA, Capt. Thomas Fox (left), commander, Troop D, 2-6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, poses with Robert Gowan, state coordinator for  the Hawaii chapter of GOE, and his dog, Dixie.

Dixie the dog looks like she’s ready for a ride, as she and Robert Gowan get a close look at an OH-58 Kiowa at Bradshaw Army Airfield.

Story and photo by
1st Lt. Amber Skye Robertson
2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment
25th Combat Aviation Brigade
25th Infantry Division

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — In the middle of a long, hard shift of maintaining aircraft during the yearly gunnery rotation for 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, crew chiefs and maintainers were pleasantly surprised to be provided a meal from a stranger.

Robert Gowan, state coordinator of the Hawaii chapter of “Gathering of Eagles” (GOE), and a local Kona coffee farmer who has lived on the Big Island for 47 years, for the first time has been able to directly support the 25th CAB at PTA.

“We usually meet with units at the KMR (Keaukaha Military Reservation) port, near Kawaihai, to provide food and drinks while they work in the sun all day unloading their vessels,” Gowan said. “The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade always bypasses us since they fly their own helicopters in. I’m glad we are finally able to bring (the CAB) a little something.”

The program came together when Gowan came into contact with cavalry Soldiers during a barbecue event GOE held for 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regt., at the port in early September. At that time, supporting units from 2-6th Cav. were unloading a logistic support vessel, and Gowan requested to bring a morale booster to the flight line troops.

Capt. Thomas Fox, commander, Troop D, greeted Gowan and his dog, Dixie, at the runway crew shack at Bradshaw Army Airfield.

“It was great to have Mr. Gowan and the Gathering of Eagles show their support for us at Bradshaw,” said Fox. “My maintainers were happy to have a break from the Meals, Ready-To-Eat, and it was a huge morale boost to have Dixie running around with the troopers.”

After enjoying pizza and soda provided by Gathering of Eagles at Bradshaw Army Airfield, PTA, Capt. Thomas Fox (left), commander, Troop D, 2-6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, poses with Robert Gowan, state coordinator for  the Hawaii chapter of GOE, and his dog, Dixie.

After enjoying pizza and soda provided by Gathering of Eagles at Bradshaw Army Airfield, PTA, Capt. Thomas Fox (left), commander, Troop D, 2-6th Cav. Regt., 25th CAB, poses with Robert Gowan, state coordinator for the Hawaii chapter of GOE, and his dog, Dixie.

During the GOE event, the troopers enjoyed boxes of pizza, an ice chest of soda and bags of chips. In appreciation, Fox escorted Gowan to the flight line to see the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.

GOE is a nationwide, nonprofit organization established in 2007 that’s dedicated to providing moral and material support to the U.S. armed forces. The Hawaii chapter that works closely with USO Pacific has donated nearly three tons of Kona coffee to troops overseas while deployed.

GOE plans on returning to support troops training on Bradshaw Army Airfield.

(Editor’s note: Robertson is the unit public affairs representative for 2-6th Cav.)

GOE Blog

Robert Gowan writes a blog that updates all of the current events the Hawaiian chapter of Gathering with Eagles has conducted in support of the troops. His blog can be found at http://goekona.wordpress.com/.

 

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