Sea Dragons show support, attend Pink Day Fun Run

| October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Thirty-two Soldiers and family members with 94th AAMDC pose for a photo prior to participating in the Pink Day Fun Run, Oct. 7, to show support for breast cancer awareness in Honolulu. (Courtesy photo)

Thirty-two Soldiers and family members with 94th AAMDC pose for a photo prior to participating in the Pink Day Fun Run, Oct. 7, to show support for breast cancer awareness in Honolulu. (Courtesy photo)

Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Thirty-two Soldiers and family members with 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command participated in the Pink Day Fun Run, Oct. 7, to show support for breast cancer awareness in Honolulu.

“I saw a flyer over by the Navy Exchange that mentioned that they were going to have a Pink Day Fun Run to show support for breast cancer awareness,” said Master Sgt. Jennifer Anderson, the incoming operations noncommissioned officer in charge for the communications directorate of the 94th AAMDC.

“I know that a lot of people within this unit itself have been affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly, and so I brought back the idea and talked to Master Sgt. Davis about seeing if he thought we could get a team together and show support for a pretty good cause,” she explained.

“We kind of kept it as an internal thing for a long time just because of planning,” said Master. Sgt. Ira Davis, a signal and communications operation noncommissioned officer with 94th AAMDC. “I put the information out in a meeting and extended an invitation for others to join us. Just from those few individuals from outside of our office, the response was tremendous and immediate.”

Though attendance and participation in the event was entirely voluntary, many Sea Dragons felt it was important to use this opportunity to show support.

(From left to right,) Sgt. Kindra Smith, Master Sgt. Cassandra McCoy and Sgt. Nadine Gonzalez, human resource noncommissioned officers with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, show their support after completing the Pink Day Fun Run, Oct. 7, 2015, dedicated to breast cancer awareness at Honolulu. (Courtesy photo)

(From left to right,) Sgt. Kindra Smith, Master Sgt. Cassandra McCoy and Sgt. Nadine Gonzalez, human resource noncommissioned officers with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, show their support after completing the Pink Day Fun Run, Oct. 7, 2015, dedicated to breast cancer awareness at Honolulu. (Courtesy photo)

“The goal for me was to show support for a fellow noncommissioned officer and friend who has been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer,” shared Davis. “I wanted to show the individual specifically that we support them and what they are going through. I have seen this person at their best, and I have seen the toll the cancer has taken on them. It was important to me for this person to know we are thinking of them, and we are here to support them.”

“The goal was to show unity and esprit de corps,” said Anderson. “It was a very good atmosphere. What was great was that it wasn’t just one small element, five or 10 people; there was attendance from service members from across the command who volunteered and wanted to come out. They took the time to come out and show solidarity and support for our brother or sisters-in-arms who have been affected by breast cancer.”

The most important message to be conveyed by attending the event for many participants was about being part of a team.

“This was an opportunity to demonstrate to Soldiers that they are supported,” shared Anderson. “No one stands alone. This isn’t an Army of individuals. When you face challenges, it doesn’t have to be deployment or mission related. We are a team, and we can get through it together.”

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