Wolfhound volunteers expedite Habitat for Humanity project

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sayer Houseal (left), Habitat for Humanity project site manager, guides Cpl. Adam Parga, Co.B, 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, during a volunteer home restoration project, Nov. 16.

Sayer Houseal (left), Habitat for Humanity project site manager, guides Cpl. Adam Parga, Co.B, 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, during a volunteer home restoration project, Nov. 16.

Story and photo by
2nd Lt. Sheme Hicks
1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division

WAIMEA, Hawaii — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, and from 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., 2nd SBCT, joined Habitat for Humanity’s Neighborhood Renovation Initiative, here, Saturday.

During a training break at the Pohakuloa Training Area, Chaplain (Capt.) Carlos Whitley showed Soldiers a new way to serve by volunteering alongside Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii for a home restoration project in which the Soldiers provided roof work, painting and cleanup on the home of a local family.

Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii has been a proactive organization in the communities of Hawaii Island; specifically, in Waimea, they have restored three homes on the same block in the past year.

“Most homes in this area have bugs and mold and are in need of plumbing and electrical repairs,” said Sayer Houseal, project site manager.

The Neighborhood Renovation Initiative allows for community homeowners to receive the repairs they need with a lessened financial burden.

“It is important for us to give back to the community for allowing us to train here at PTA,” said Whitley.

The battalion deployed to Hawaii Island in order to qualify crews on the M2 .50 caliber machine gun and MK-19 automatic grenade launcher using the Stryker Remote Weapon Station, as PTA provides the best location for the Wolfhounds to conduct live-fire training necessary to qualify crews.

“It is great to serve during training breaks,” said Sgt. Dallas Keck, section chief, 2-11th FA Regt. “It is actually my first time volunteering in uniform.”

Keck also noted that participating in events like this helps to promote a great image of Soldiers on Hawaii Island.

“Instead of just seeing us riding in our vehicles, they now see us on the ground assisting in the community,” he said.

Aniku Chong, the third of six children of the renovated home, was just as excited working with the Wolfhounds.

“It’s a blessing for my family to receive help from volunteers around the community, but it’s a new experience to interact with Soldiers. You guys are cool,” said Aniku.

Community elders showed their gratitude by preparing a huge meal for the warriors.

Upon completion of the work, Houseal acknowledged that the help from the Soldiers had put the Chongs’ house project ahead of schedule.

“You guys accomplished in one workday what would have taken my team more than a week and a half,” Sayer said.

After a fulfilling and rewarding volunteer initiative, the Soldiers said goodbye to their new friends in the Waimea community and continued their training mission at PTA.

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Category: Community Relations, News, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa (USAG-Pohakuloa)

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