• Children from the Cody Child Development Center, walk in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall April 3. This is the second year children from the Cody CDC have walked in a parade for child abuse awareness.

    Pinwheels for Prevention raises awareness

    Children from the Cody Child Development Center, walk in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall April 3. This is the second year children from the Cody CDC have walked in a parade for child abuse awareness.

  • From the left: Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Satarian, Staff Sgt. Sofia Hailu, and Staff Sgt. Brian Barnhart with the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps lead the Pinwheel for Prevention parade from the base's CDC.

    Pinwheels for Prevention raises awareness

    From the left: Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Satarian, Staff Sgt. Sofia Hailu, and Staff Sgt. Brian Barnhart with the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps lead the Pinwheel for Prevention parade from the base's CDC.

  • Cody Child Development Center student Timothy Marsh (left) 4, walks with Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Jessup, Headquarters Command Battalion command sergeant major, in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

    Pinwheels for Prevention raises awareness

    Cody Child Development Center student Timothy Marsh (left) 4, walks with Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Jessup, Headquarters Command Battalion command sergeant major, in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

  • Children from the Cody Child Development Center, walk in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall April 3. This is the second year children from the Cody CDC have walked in a parade for child abuse awareness.

    Pinwheels for Prevention raises awareness

    Children from the Cody Child Development Center, walk in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall April 3. This is the second year children from the Cody CDC have walked in a parade for child abuse awareness.

  • Jacob Huth, 5, from the Cody Child Development Center, walks in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade.

    Pinwheels for Prevention raises awareness

    Jacob Huth, 5, from the Cody Child Development Center, walks in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade.

  • Briana Gilbert (right) 5, and Ashley Tomlinson, 5, from the CDC play with their pinwheel after walking in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade.

    Pinwheels for Prevention raises awareness

    Briana Gilbert (right) 5, and Ashley Tomlinson, 5, from the CDC play with their pinwheel after walking in the Pinwheel for Prevention parade.

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Commander Col. Fern O. Sumpter, was mugged with hugs from eager children the morning of April 3 as she marked the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month with a pinwheel parade.

Sumpter was joined by members of the JBM-HH command team, as well as Cody Child Development Center children, staff members, parents and the JBM-HH Family Advocacy Program at the second annual Pinwheels for Prevention parade.

"The pinwheel parade is because this is the month of the military child," explained Sumpter, who said she and Command Sgt. Maj. Earlene Y. Lavender "take child care very, very seriously."

Marines from Headquarters and Service Battalion Henderson Hall also showed their support this week by planting a pinwheel garden near the Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec pool.

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign was launched in 2008 as a national campaign using the blue and silver pinwheel as its symbol. It seeks to raise awareness and prevent the abuse and neglect of the nation's children.

"The purpose of [the] event is to kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month as well as the month of the military child," explained Kelly Smith, JBM-HH Family advocacy program manager. "We really wanted to bring awareness to the community, to really allow our Families to see that in April we celebrate our children."

Molly Ryan, Marine and Family Programs education and prevention specialist echoed Smith's support of military children.

"The pinwheel planting is a visual reminder it's our responsibility to protect those who are too young to protect themselves," Ryan said.

Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Satarian, Staff Sgt. Sofia Hailu and Staff Sgt. Brian Barnhart with the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps led dozens of children and adults as they paraded around Cody's grounds and inside the center itself carrying pinwheels, which spun merrily.

"The hope is that people take away from the event - number one - for our children to know that we appreciate them and that keeping them safe is our priority," said Smith. "For our parents and our Soldiers, it's to let them know that it's our responsibility to protect our children and to let other adults know that child abuse is not acceptable."

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