325th BSB Soldiers honor Gold Star keiki, families

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Children perform a military exercise called the high jumper in preparation for an obstacle course in Quad E during a Gold Star family event hosted by 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID,  April 15.

Children perform a military exercise called the high jumper in preparation for an obstacle course in Quad E during a Gold Star family event hosted by 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, April 15.

Photo and story by
Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team,                    
Public Affairs Office
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It’s the early part of the afternoon, the Hawaii sun is straight above, and all you hear is the laughter of children as they engage in a water battle
with Soldiers.

The Soldiers from 325th Brigade Support Battalion, “Mustangs,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, hosted a Gold Star Family event in Quad E, here, on April 15.

A Gold Star Family is a family that has lost a loved one in service to the nation at any time while on active duty.

“The gold star event is about showing the families that we care, that we are all unified and that they are still part of our military family,” said 2nd Lt. Megan P. Hill, event
officer in charge, 325th BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Kid friendly
The event kicked off with Mustang Soldiers demonstrating to the kids how to properly stand in a formation. From there, the children were given the same command the Soldiers use during daily physical training.

After completing five stretching exercises, the kids were ready for their first event of the day: an obstacle course made up of a tunnel crawl a team litter carry, low-crawling
under a rope, 25 jumping jacks and a full sprint to the finish line.

Participant Jared Ignacio proclaimed the obstacle course “great” with the tunnel his favorite part “because it was easy.”

After completing the obstacle course, the children headed off to the battalion’s yellow ribbon room to enjoy some snacks as they colored pictures and used finger paints to design their very own 325 BSB T-shirts.

As the grill was heating up to cook lunch, the children headed back out  to the quad to see a static display of training vehicles.

The five featured vehicles included a humvee and a military ambulance. Exploration of the tactical vehicles by the students, up close and personal, was encouraged.

After a grilled hamburger and hot dog lunch the children toured a military barracks room. Inside the room, the kids learned how Soldiers in basic training are taught to make their beds.

The day finished with a trip back to the yellow ribbon room to receive shirts for the award ceremony — but the award ceremony would have to wait.

For the next half hour Mustang Soldiers and the kids engaged in a water fight using water bottles and ice from the coolers.

The children won every water battle, and afterwards recieved an honorary Mustang Soldier certificate.

“This was a great day for all here in the Mustang ohana,” said Lt. Col. Patrick A. Disney, commander, 325th BSB. “We were honored to have our Gold Star families with us today.”

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