Chaplaincy holds ‘Aloha Breakfast’ for about 400

| January 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Diners enjoy the Aloha Breakfast, Dec. 25.

Diners enjoy the Aloha Breakfast, Dec. 25.

 

Staff Sgt. Matthew G. Ryan
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Over the holiday season, the chaplaincy held its annual Aloha Breakfast for Soldiers who weren’t able to spend time with their families.

“This is the fourth year that I know the Aloha Breakfast has been ongoing, and this is the first year in which it was held at the Wheeler Army Airfield Chapel and the Main Post Chapel on Schofield Barracks,” said Chaplain (Maj.) David Schlichter, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. “Last year, we had around 250 Soldiers come to the Aloha Breakfast, and this year we expected over 400 Soldiers between the two locations.”

The holidays are a time of the year when many Soldiers feel stressed out because they’re away from families for the first time. The breakfast increases their morale, Schlicher said.

“It helps everyone feel like they are part of the team,” said Schlichter.

Volunteers helped prepare the tables and food, and cleanup.

Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, commander, 25th ID, and other senior leaders, served the breakfast to the troops.

“You could see that the Soldiers enjoyed the breakfast and company, (which was) filled with conversation, and to see command teams showing support for their troops,” said Spc. Lynard Williams chaplain’s assistant, 325th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Bde.

It was the first time Williams had volunteered to help on Christmas.

“This was a great event for other single Soldiers to come together and not be alone during the holidays,” said Williams. “I volunteered as a server and helped with the cleanup after it was all over.”

The 2015 Aloha Breakfast was a great success due to all the volunteers who helped the hundreds of Soldiers who came to enjoy a Christmas breakfast, and Williams said he looks forward to next year’s breakfast.

Volunteers took leftover food to feed the homeless, showing support for the local communities and ensuring that nothing went to waste.

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