25th ID Sust. Bde. supports Kahuku Elementary Turkey Trot

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 25th Special Troops Battalion, along with Kahuku Elementary School staff, pose for a photo on the field after the Turkey Trot. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers from the 25th Special Troops Battalion, along with Kahuku Elementary School staff, pose for a photo on the field after the Turkey Trot. (Courtesy photo)

2nd Lt. MaryAnn Abas
259th HR Company
25th Sustainment Brigade
25th Infantry Division

KAHUKU — The 25th Infantry Division on Schofield Barracks, in concert with U.S. Army Hawaii, recently made efforts to reinvigorate its comprehensive community relations program, the “Partnership of Ohana.”

Several units within the 25th ID were geographically realigned with various neighborhood schools around Oahu.

Special events play a significant role in establishing the partnership.

Nov. 24, Soldiers with the Special Troops Battalion, 25th ID Sustainment Brigade, partnered with Kahuku Elementary School, Ko’olauloa District, to support the school’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. The event consisted of multiple races between students, and they varied in difficulty of distance based on grade level.

Lt. Col. Steven W. Morris, commander, 25th Special Troops Battalion, meets up with Prinicipal Sam Izumi, Kahuku Elementary School, after the event. (Courtesy photo)

Lt. Col. Steven W. Morris, commander, 25th Special Troops Battalion, meets up with Prinicipal Sam Izumi, Kahuku Elementary School, after the event. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers from STB, 25th ID Sust. Bde., assisted with the event by motivating students, facilitating competition order and organizing the finish line at the end of each race. Soldiers also ran with the students encouraging the children to complete their sprints.

Although rain played a large factor prior to the event, the students, staff and Soldiers all illustrated a tremendous amount of excitement as they completed each lap.

All students from kindergarten to 6th grade competed on the field as music played and winners were announced by the principal, Sam Izumi.

Soldiers and teachers worked hand-in-hand with one another throughout the entire event creating a very successful turnout.

After the event, Lt. Col. Steven W. Morris, commander of STB, 25th ID Sust. Bde., and the rest of the volunteer Soldiers, finished off the day with a lunch alongside the principal and Mari Le’I, the Kahuku Elem. School event coordinator.

All agreed that the Turkey Trot not only brought a great amount of enjoyment to both the school and the Soldiers, but also was a great beginning to a unified relationship between the two organizations.

The Turkey Trot was the first in a series of events that the STB will support in order to continue this relationship and to work towards building an even stronger bond and ohana with the community.

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