Soldiers engage with NFL stars for a memorable day

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Scott Wilder, an attack helicopter repairer, 2-6 Cavalry Regiment takes a photo with NFL Running Back DeAngelo Williams at the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft party Jan. 27 here.

Pfc. Scott Wilder, an attack helicopter repairer, 2-6 Cavalry Regiment takes a photo with NFL Running Back DeAngelo Williams at the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft party Jan. 27 here.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — A partnership of NFL, ESPN, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, 25th Infantry Division, and USAA combined resources, manpower, technology and star power to host the 2016 Pro Bowl Draft in the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade’s hangars, here, Wednesday.

It was a big day of work, and also a day to enjoy the experience for the participants.

The draft party brought Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard personnel, family and friends together with the best NFL players in the country to celebrate the draft of this year’s Pro Bowl teams.

“I’m a huge fan of football, and I’m originally from San Diego. I grew up a Chargers fan,” said Spc. Jason Gamache, 25th ID Soldier of the Quarter, 2nd Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment.

“I’m a little disappointed to see them leaving San Diego, but it doesn’t make me any less of a fan.”

Gamache was selected by division leadership to appear live on television during the Pro Bowl Draft.

He placed the players’ names on the board as they were selected, along with four other service members, representing all five branches of the military.

“It’s a great opportunity being here, especially in the 25th Infantry Division,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of very unique opportunities, not just what you see on the recruiting commercials, but to interact with the community and better the organization as a whole.”

More than a broadcast
Across two 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, hangars were spread multiple interactive events sponsored by USAA. These events allowed Soldiers and guests to interact with NFL players, take selfies and pose with the Pro Bowl trophy.

“You wouldn’t expect that the military and civilians would coordinate with each other like this to bring the Pro Bowl Draft here, and actually set up ESPN right here in front of us,” said Spc. Quinton Brown of 2-6th Cav. and a member of the Pro Bowl Support Detail. “(This is) something I have never seen before.”

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