25th Sustainment Brigade volunteers at Kahuku

| January 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, pose for a remembrance photo at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9. The troops spent the morning volunteering with a campus maintenance project that is part of the Partnership of Ohana, an islandwide program initiated by U.S. Army Hawaii to encourage service members to connect with their communities across Oahu. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs.)

Soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, pose for a remembrance photo at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9. The troops spent the morning volunteering with a campus maintenance project that is part of the Partnership of Ohana, an islandwide program initiated by U.S. Army Hawaii to encourage service members to connect with their communities across Oahu. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs.)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Erin Sherwood
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

KAHUKU — More than 30 Soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, participated in a campus maintenance project at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9.

The project was a chance for troops to give back and get involved with their local community.

Soldiers paint the side of the building at Kahuku High and Intermediate School. Painting was a large part of their recent community service. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers paint the side of the building at Kahuku High and Intermediate School. Painting was a large part of their recent community service. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“The purpose of us volunteering today was to lay the groundwork for a relationship with the students and staff at Kahuku,” said 2nd Lt. Kyle Gaines, the 524th CSSB project coordinator. “We are trying to do an event every quarter, and this was our first visit.”

Soldiers spent the morning repainting the outside of the school, pressure washing the walkways and cutting the grass in surrounding areas. The upkeep assistance is part of the Partnership of Ohana, an islandwide program initiated by U.S. Army Hawaii to encourage U.S. service members to connect with communities across Oahu.

Volunteer activities can include community and school events, maintenance activities, tutoring and help with career education.

“What we help them with could be anything from restoration or beautifying the campus, to a mentorship-type program,” said Gaines. “We wanted to connect with the faculty first because they know their students the best and can tell us what they would like to see happen.”

A Soldier from the 524th CSSB, 25th Sust. Bde., pressure washes a walkway at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan 9. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

A Soldier from the 524th CSSB, 25th Sust. Bde., pressure washes a walkway at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan 9. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“We felt that our campus was looking a little neglected,” said Vice Principle IkaIka Plunkett. “We wanted to tackle some of these issues ourselves, and the manual effort of the 25th Sust. Bde. volunteers was a good place to start.”

Plunkett emphasized his support in seeing the program take off.

“The thing that interests me the most is building mentorship opportunities. Connecting Soldiers with students helps with career or post high school education and can influence their future,” he said. “Soldiers set a good example for our students.”

When asked about their personal reasons for getting involved, the Soldiers were eager to explain why community service is significant to them.

A Soldier from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, fills paint cups for volunteers with IkaIka Plunkett, Vice Principal of Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

A Soldier from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, fills paint cups for volunteers with IkaIka Plunkett, Vice Principal of Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“Volunteering is important because it puts us out there,” said Pfc. Marisol Medellin. “It gives students a chance to see us as people behind the uniform and shows them that Soldiers do more than just go out and fight wars.”

Others see volunteering in the community as a way to give back to communities and get to know neighbors and the Hawaiian culture.

“Community service for Soldiers provides a lot of personal growth,” said Capt. Antoine Parker, commander of the 540th Quartermaster Company. “They have a chance to form relationships they might not otherwise form, and it helps them see how giving back is part of service.”

Pfc. Marisol Medellin of the 540th Quartermaster Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, paints the side of a building at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9. The project is part of the Partnership of Ohana, an island-wide program initiated by USARHAW to encourage service members to connect with their communities across Oahu. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Pfc. Marisol Medellin of the 540th Quartermaster Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, paints the side of a building at Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Jan. 9. The project is part of the Partnership of Ohana, an island-wide program initiated by USARHAW to encourage service members to connect with their communities across Oahu. (Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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