Olympic star visits Schofield Soldiers, families

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Reno Rivas, a pilot assigned to 2-6 Cav. Regt., 25th CAB shows Olympian Gabrielle Douglas the inside of a AH-64 Apache Jan. 11, 2018 at Wheeler Army Airfield. Douglas visited Hawaii and Guam as part of her first USO tour.

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.”

Capt. Courtney Clausi, a platoon leader assigned to 209th ASB, 25th CAB shows Olympian Gabrielle Douglas the inside of a UH-60 Blackhawk Jan. 11.

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.”

Soldiers assigned to the 25th CAB, 25th ID participate in a “Meet and Greet” with Olympian Gabrielle Douglas.

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