Bravo Company 29th Engineer Battalion’s Single Soldiers Thanksgiving Dinner

| December 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
Single soldiers from the Bravo Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 21 at the Porter Community Center on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by 29th Engineer Battalion)

Single soldiers from the Bravo Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, Nov. 21 at the Porter Community Center on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by 29th Engineer Battalion)

1st Lt. Jesse N. Peeler
29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, UPAR, 3rd Brigade Combat Team

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Bravo Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, honored its single Soldiers by providing them with a home-cooked Thanksgiving Dinner, Nov. 21,  at the Porter Community Center on Schofield Barracks.

The community centers around the installation provided units a multi-functional area where they can hold a variety of activities and events.

The Dinner was held for the B. Co. single Soldiers, many of whom were miles away from their  family and loved ones this Thanksgiving, would have an opportunity to sit down and enjoy a home-cooked meal together.

The event was opened as Capt. Dane Hanson, commander, B. Co., 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID,
re-enlisted Spc. Datron Savage of 3rd Platoon, B. Co., 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25thID..

“I’m glad that my wife got to be there for my reenlistment and that I got to reenlist in front of all
of my friends in the Company,” said Savage.

After a brief discussion about Thanksgiving and remarks by Lt. Col. Michael Binetti, commander, 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25thID, Capt. Cynthia Turner, chaplain, 29th BEB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, blessed the meal for the Soldiers and families.

Mandi Owens, Family Readiness Group leader, spent all day Friday cooking the turkey and ham to be served to the Soldiers. Additional spouses assisted in cooking side dishes and serving the company’s single Soldiers.

Along with turkey and ham, several traditional sides were served including: mashed potatoes,  rolls, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs and several varieties of pie for dessert.

Spc. Jones said his favorite dish was the macaroni and cheese.

Spc. Rurka said, “It was great to finally eat a home-cooked meal.”

The company hosted the event to support the single Soldiers and it is best summed up by Pfc. Merrill.

“It’s nice to know that people care.”

Events like Bravo Companies Single Soldier Thanksgiving Dinner are something that the battalion commander encourages his companies to hold throughout the year. It is a great way to continue the esprit de corps within the Battalion and meet the goal of unity.

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  1. Richard H. Shortt says:

    I served 1956-57 with the 29th Topo Battalion in Tokyo,Japan. Made SP3 & SP2 (E5) in the first designations as SP ranks. We were referred to as NCO and titles of Sgt. I was in 34th Co.,2nd Platoon and was NCOIC of the Photo Lab. “RA” for 3 years. My home is Norfolk,Virginia. I still have the Battalion newspapers as momentos along with photos,including Bn. area. “Oji” Camp was near Ikebuckuro where the Bn. earlier was hdq.Hardy Barracks & Pershing Hgts Headquarters were close by Oji. Jujo village was near our back gate. I wore the “OD” dress winter uniform. Newer “greens” came out just before I left for the States. Battalion did a 2 week field training on Mount Fuji Sept ’57.very cold at night. HOOAH !!! R H Shortt ,RA 13530097. Home: 8334 Harbor View Lane,Norfolk,VA 23518

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