Olympic star visits Schofield Soldiers, families

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division participate in a ÔMeet and GreetÕ with Olympian Gabrielle Douglas Jan. 11, 2018 on Wheeler Army Airfield. Douglas visited Hawaii and Guam as part of her first USO tour. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Heather A. Denby, 25th Sustainment Brigade)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Heather A. Denby
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Early morning wake ups, grueling workouts and make-or-break teamwork are typical characteristics of being a U.S. Army Soldier, but for one special visitor those characteristics are also very familiar.

U.S. Women’s artistic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas visited Soldiers, here, Jan. 11, as part of her first USO tour.

“It’s a huge honor to meet with America’s heroes,” said Douglas. “I could see similarities in the way we train. The term ‘blood, sweat and tears’ definitely applied to my time training for the Olympics.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Chief Warrant Office 2 Randall Griffeth, a pilot assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment shows Olympian Gabrielle Douglas the inside of a UH-47 Chinook Jan. 11, at Wheeler Army Airfield. Douglas visited Hawaii and Guam as part of her first USO tour. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Heather A. Denby, 25th Sustainment Brigade)

Douglas toured the U.S. Army Ranger School, saw three types of military aircraft at the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, had lunch in the 25th Sustainment Brigade dining facility, visited with Soldiers at the Warrior Transition Battalion and closed out her day instructing a gymnastics clinic for children at the Schofield School-Age Center.

“My children were thrilled to interact with Miss Douglas,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lynette Elmore, assistant dining facility manager assigned to the 25th Sust. Bde. “It is wonderful to have positive role models for our youth and to be able to share their skills with someone they look up to.”

Respect and admiration were mutual.

“I’ve learned so much today about what these Soldiers do day in and day out to keep our country safe,” said Douglas. “I didn’t expect to have so much in common with them, but at the end of the day, I truly appreciate the sacrifices that these Soldiers and their families make for us.”

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