Greatest Generations visits 25th CAB

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Veterans from The Greatest Generation Foundation pose for a group photo with Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, Deputy Commanding General, 25th Infantry Division, as part of the veterans visit to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. The veterans were visiting as part of an ongoing program by TGGF to ensure their experiences in World War II are not lost. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Veterans from the Greatest Generations Foundation pose for a group photo with Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, deputy commanding general, Support, 25th Infantry Division, as part of the veterans’ visit to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. The veterans were visiting as part of an ongoing program by TGGF to ensure their experiences in World War II are not lost. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Members of the Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) visited with Soldiers of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, here, Dec. 4.

The foundation helps to ensure that the stories and lessons of war are not forgotten, even once there is no one left to tell them.

The World War II veterans with TGGF visited with Soldiers on the Wheeler airstrip to explore some modern air frames used by the 25th CAB. They asked questions of the aircrews and even climbed behind the stick of a UH-60 Black Hawk.

Veterans from The Greatest Generation Foundation receive a briefing on the UH-60 Blackhawk from Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joel Morales, a pilot with 2-25 Aviation, as part of the veterans visit to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. The veterans were visiting as part of an ongoing program by TGGF to ensure their experiences in World War II are not lost. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Veterans from the Greatest Generations Foundation receive a briefing on the UH-60 Black Hawk from Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joel Morales, a pilot with 2-25th Aviation, as part of the veterans’ visit to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. The veterans were visiting as part of an ongoing program by TGGF to ensure their experiences in World War II are not lost. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

For the veterans, this program allows them to look at how far things have come, while also sharing their experiences and wealth of knowledge with a new generation.

“There are 14 of us. It’s nice to meet people and discuss what went on so many years ago,” said Joe Reilly, a World War II veteran with TGGF.

The Soldiers and pilots who came out to meet with the veterans were excited to help them explore the aircraft and had many questions of their own for them.

“It’s nice to be humbled by the resources and technology they had to work with compared to what we have now, “ said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jose Ramos, a pilot with 2-25th Avn. Regiment.

Following the tour, the veterans ate lunch with Soldiers from across the brigade at the Schofield Inn dining facility. There, they were able to share stories with the young Soldiers and reflect on how the military has changed.

Joe Reilly, a World War II Verteran with The Greatest Generation Foundation talks about his experiences in World War II with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jose Ramos, a pilot with 2-25 Aviation, as part of the veterans visit to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. The veterans were visiting as part of an ongoing program by TGGF to ensure their experiences in World War II are not lost. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

Joe Reilly, a World War II veteran with the Greatest Generations Foundation talks about his experiences in World War II with Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jose Ramos, a pilot with 2-25th Aviation, as part of the veterans’ visit to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade. The veterans were visiting as part of an ongoing program by TGGF to ensure their experiences in World War II are not lost. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division)

“It’s truly an honor to be here with these guys,” said Ramos. “They come from a lot of history. Even hearing the difference between the wars we used to fight and the wars we fight today is truly amazing, so to me this is an absolute honor.”

After the meal, each of the veterans were presented with a token of appreciation by Brig. Gen. Patrick Matlock, deputy commanding general, Support, 25th Infantry Division, on behalf of Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th ID.

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