4th Cavalry helps with Fort DeRussy renovation

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 3rd BCT clean and maintain a Japanese Type 1 47 mm anti-tank gun at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. By allowing to them to work on the static displays, museum officials demonstrated their growing trust for the Soldiers’ work.

Soldiers from the 3rd BCT clean and maintain a Japanese Type 1 47 mm anti-tank gun at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. By allowing to them to work on the static displays, museum officials demonstrated their growing trust for the Soldiers’ work.

2nd Lt. Kyle Woods
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

FORT DERUSSY — Soldiers assigned to Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, assisted limited staff, here, in their efforts to beautify the grounds, renovate some of the larger exhibits and conduct maintenance on some of the static displays.

The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii at Fort DeRussy is an important landmark and living reminder of the critical role that Oahu played in the Pacific theater during World War II.

Sgt. Justin Cormany, 2nd Platoon, led the volunteer efforts by coordinating with the museum director to set up the event.

This is the second time Comanche Troop has volunteered, here. In October, the troop cleaned up the building and its surrounding area.

While their previous visit was limited to the grounds themselves, this time the troopers were able to polish up several retired tanks, a vintage cannon and a retired UH-60 helicopter.

Courtesy photos Soldiers from the 4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, conduct maintenance on a static display of a helicopter at Fort DeRussy. This is the second time that Soldiers from the 4th Cav. have volunteered to help renovate the museum.

Courtesy photos
Soldiers from the 4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, conduct maintenance on a static display of a helicopter at Fort DeRussy. This is the second time that Soldiers from the 4th Cav. have volunteered to help renovate the museum.

The increased trust shown by the museum staff in allowing the troops to work on the more high-value exhibits is indicative of the growing relationship between the warriors and the museum. The Soldiers spent the better part of the day conducting improvements and were eager to help out.

“The Soldiers were excited and humbled to get to volunteer their time preserving the history of the unit and the community in which they serve,” said 1st Lt. Allen Moss, 2nd Plt. leader.

The museum staff was excited to have the troopers present and expressed their eagerness to have them back to do more volunteer work at a later date.

The museum at Fort Derussy relies upon support from volunteers to maintain itself, since it lacks the fiscal resources and robust staff otherwise required.

The effort by Comanche Troop is just one part of a wider commitment Soldiers across the 25th ID make to better serve and integrate with the local community on Oahu.

(Editor’s note: Woods is the 3-4th Cav. unit public affairs representative.)

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