Volunteer Soldiers help set the Pro Bowl stages

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Members of the Pro Bowl stage crew push a section of the half-time ceremony stage off the field before the start of the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl, held at Aloha Stadium, here, Jan. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Members of the Pro Bowl stage crew push a section of the half-time ceremony stage off the field before the start of the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl, held at Aloha Stadium, here, Jan. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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

HONOLULU — Soldiers assigned Schofield Barracks volunteered their time to work the stage crew during the National Football League Pro Bowl game, Jan. 26, at Aloha Stadium.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of us,” said Pvt. Habacuc Munoz, assigned to 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Stryker Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

All Soldiers on the crew were assigned to either the 25th ID or 8th Theater Sustainment Command. The stage crew was responsible for assembling the stage on the field for the pre-game and the halftime ceremonies.

Members of the Pro Bowl stage crew push a section of the half-time ceremony stage off the field before the start of the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl, held at Aloha Stadium, here, Jan. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Members of the Pro Bowl stage crew push a section of the half-time ceremony stage off the field before the start of the third quarter of the 2014 Pro Bowl, held at Aloha Stadium, here, Jan. 26. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

For the national anthem, service members from every military branch marched out onto the field and saluted as the anthem was sung by Grace Potter.

As soon as the pre-game ceremony concluded, the crew rushed onto the field and began to separate the pieces of the stage and wheel them off the field, making way for the game to begin.

After the stage was removed from the field, the crew then began getting the pieces of the stage back into position in order to minimize the time it took to wheel the stage into place for the halftime show.

“The way the team came together was amazing,” said Brandon Brotherson, assigned to 70th Engineer Company, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC.

The halftime show stage involved more than twice the pieces as the pre-game show did. As soon as it was in place, crews got coveted front-row spots to watch Fall Out Boy perform.

When the show was over, the crew finished its job by separating the stage one last time to take it off the field. The crew was then sent back to its seats to enjoy the second half of the game.

“Just being able to say that I was a part of the Pro Bowl is an awesome experience,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Fleisher, assigned to 70th Eng. Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130 Eng. Bde., 8th TSC.

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