MWR car, bike show lifts vehicles, morale

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Story and photos by Daniel Pizarro Pereira
Contributing Writer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — They came in all shapes and sizes – extreme, off-road capable vehicles; very loud audiovisual vehicles; a slew of domestic, highly modified muscle cars; a few classics cars; some standout imports and a half-dozen motorcycles –combined to share the spotlight of the Drags & Drifts Car and Bike Show at the Tropics, here.

Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, in collaboration with the Tropics Warrior Zone and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program, combined to stage the Soldier-requested event.

Safe outlet

The car show provided Soldiers an unusual venue to blow off some steam and connect.

“We are trying to get them in here and keep them safe,” said Kalela Kini Keao, FMWR BOSS adviser.

Both the “Take a Stand” and BOSS programs have acknowledged a recent spike in Soldier suicides. Event officials indicated there is a cry out for help, and Army leadership is not just hearing it, but also taking action in a variety of programs, training, counseling and events.

“These events take as long as six months to get together, but the ability to hold them every quarter is definitely possible and requested constantly by the Soldiers,” said Keao.

Soldiers of a variety of ranks participated in the event that was visual and tactile.

Awards were presented with loud cheers.

Even light rain and muggy temperatures didn’t prevent a sea of smiles among the participants and spectators alike.

Tropics

Tropics is currently under major renovation construction to provide a safe, fun place for Soldiers to enjoy themselves. It should be completed this fall.

Patrons will enjoy a beautiful, modern bar; plenty of parking; pool and ping pong tables; a stage; 12 large screens; and other beautiful, modern treatments.

Tropics is located at Bldg. 589, Foote St., Schofield Barracks.

Call 655-5698.

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