• Lt. Col Brian A. Lesiak, commander of the 35th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, receives the unit's colors from Col. Sheila A. Bryant, commander of the 10th Regional Support Group, during the 35th CSSB's change of command ceremony June 24th at Sagami Army Depot on mainland Japan.  Lesiak comes to the 35th CSSB from the Combined Arms Center at Fort Lee, Va. were he served as a combat developer.

    Samurai soldiers welcome new commander

    Lt. Col Brian A. Lesiak, commander of the 35th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, receives the unit's colors from Col. Sheila A. Bryant, commander of the 10th Regional Support Group, during the 35th CSSB's change of command ceremony June 24th at...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ray, Company C Platoon Sgt., 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, puts flight gear on a fallen soldier's son during an airfield tour as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ray, Company C Platoon Sgt., 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, puts flight gear on a fallen soldier's son during an airfield tour as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ray, Company C Platoon Sgt., 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, puts flight gear on a fallen soldier's son during an airfield tour as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ray, Company C Platoon Sgt., 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, puts flight gear on a fallen soldier's son during an airfield tour as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ray, Company C Platoon Sgt., 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, puts flight gear on a fallen soldier's son during an airfield tour as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ray, Company C Platoon Sgt., 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, puts flight gear on a fallen soldier's son during an airfield tour as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • BJ Mikasobe (right) and Ariana Whetten (left), cousins whose fathers were lost their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, learn about the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen Soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    BJ Mikasobe (right) and Ariana Whetten (left), cousins whose fathers were lost their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, learn about the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB Reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Lt. Col Joseph O. Ritter, outgoing commander of the 35th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion is awarded the meritorious service medal for his service while assigned to the unit by Col. Sheila A. Bryant, commander, 10th Regional Support Group on June 24th at Sagami Army Depot, Japan.

    Samurai soldiers welcome new commander

    Lt. Col Joseph O. Ritter, outgoing commander of the 35th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion is awarded the meritorious service medal for his service while assigned to the unit by Col. Sheila A. Bryant, commander, 10th Regional Support Group on June...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2.  SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB Reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2.  SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB Reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Mylia Briggs, daughter of fallen hero Air Force Staff Sgt. Raymond Briggs, meets her battle buddy before beginning a physical training session with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Mylia Briggs, daughter of fallen hero Air Force Staff Sgt. Raymond Briggs, meets her battle buddy before beginning a physical training session with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of...

  • Sisters Chesea (left) and Mylia (right), daughters of fallen hero Air Force Staff Sgt. Raymond Briggs, wear their father's ID tags during a physical training session with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Sisters Chesea (left) and Mylia (right), daughters of fallen hero Air Force Staff Sgt. Raymond Briggs, wear their father's ID tags during a physical training session with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat...

  • Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, awaits the start of physical training with Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2.  Sgt. Eugene Williams was the first Soldier from Hawaii lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedeom. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, awaits the start of physical training with Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the...

  • Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, uses the hula hoop during a physical training session with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. Sgt. Eugene Williams was the first soldier from Hawaii lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, uses the hula hoop during a physical training session with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, eats breakfast with her battle buddy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Krampe, a pilot assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. Sgt. Eugene Williams was the first soldier from Hawaii lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, eats breakfast with her battle buddy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Krampe, a pilot assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Children and Spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers grab some breakfast with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and Spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers grab some breakfast with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning experiencing the life of Army Aviation with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach...

  • Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, reviews photos of her battle buddy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Krampe, a pilot assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and herself during a morning physical training session as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. Sgt. Eugene Williams was the first soldier from Hawaii lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, reviews photos of her battle buddy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Krampe, a pilot assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, and herself during a morning...

  • Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, jumps rope tandem style with her battle buddy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Krampe, a pilot assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade during a morning physical training session as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. Sgt. Eugene Williams was the first soldier from Hawaii lost during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Monica Williams, daughter of Sgt. Eugene Williams, jumps rope tandem style with her battle buddy Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Krampe, a pilot assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade during a morning...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor...

  • Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Children and spouses of fallen 25th Infantry Division soldiers spend their morning conducting some colorful physical training with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, as part of the Survivor...

  • Dr. Ishmael Stagner II, Hawaiian scholar, author, and lecturer, finishes putting an Army Physical Training T-shirt on his grandson before conducting PT with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program kicking off the month of the military child on Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, April 2. SOS provides families of fallen soldiers opportunities to remain connected with the military community that had been a part of their lives for so long.

    25th CAB reaches out to fallen heroes' families

    Dr. Ishmael Stagner II, Hawaiian scholar, author, and lecturer, finishes putting an Army Physical Training T-shirt on his grandson before conducting PT with soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade as...

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - As the morning sunlight washes over Wheeler Army Airfield, soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, welcome some new additions to their physical training session. This was the first event of many that began the month of the military child.

This particular group of military spouses and children are a part of the Survivor Outreach Services Program, which was developed by the Army to help families of fallen soldiers hold onto a piece of the Army life.

The soldiers modified their normal PT session to bring some fun for the family members. They worked on their abdominal muscles with the hula hoop and cardio and leg muscles utilizing the jump rope.

"Events like this make me and my daughters feel connected to the military," said Brandy Williams, a widow whose husband died in Iraq. Her husband, Sgt. Eugene Williams, was the first service member Hawaii lost since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The purpose of SOS is to provide dedicated and comprehensive support services to survivors of deceased soldiers. SOS provides the Army with a useful tool to fulfill its promise of supporting survivors of fallen soldiers by providing the families with the support they need and allowing them to remain a vital part of the Army family.

SOS also brought the families out to get a first-hand experience with the UH-60 Black Hawk during a visit to Wheeler.

"These events are a great way to show our appreciation to the families of fallen soldiers. It brings me a lot of pride in being able to give back to the families," said 1st Lt. Christopher Golab, an aviator assigned to C/2-25 AVN, originally from Honolulu.

In continuing keeping families connected with the military, the SOS also hosted a "Bowling with Buddies" event which allowed the families to bond with soldiers outside of their military environment.

"Events like this are designed to make military children feel connected to the military after the loss of their soldiers," stated Lis Olsen, the Program manager for the SOS in Hawaii.

One of the ways SOS helps families through hard times is by introducing them to others who have gone through similar situations.

"Having had to face losing my son, Staff Sgt. Brandon Stagner, and not knowing what was to come, it was really devastating and filled me with anger, frustration and complete helplessness," said Dr. Ishmael Stagner, Hawaiian scholar, author, and lecturer. "Four years later, I get to work with young families who are experiencing the same thing as I did. I am not happy that we are connected by grief, but I am comforted knowing the Army cares for children like this."

Many of the families look for ways to keep the memory of their soldier alive.

"We looked at pictures of him, went to memorial services, and events hosted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors," recalled Williams. "We have been participating in events similar to this for about five to six years. They really help us keep his memory alive and stay connected with the Army."

Keeping the memory of her husband alive has given Williams the experience to help others through hard times as well.

"It was hard in the beginning. My heart went out to the new families," Williams remembered. "I knew that the road ahead was going to be difficult, but I could help them based on our experiences. I know the journey is different for everybody, but we are living proof you can survive. All you have to do is take it one day at a time."

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