• PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Pvt. Larry Newman and Spc. Nathan Rosecrans apply stickers to classic automobiles in preparation for the Russo and Steele's Annual Collector Automobile auction, one of multiple events taking place during Monterey's "Car Week."

    Providing a service during Car Week and having a bit of fun

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Pvt. Larry Newman and Spc. Nathan Rosecrans apply stickers to classic automobiles in preparation for the Russo and Steele's Annual Collector Automobile auction, one of multiple events taking place during Monterey's "Car...

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Spc. Nathan Rosecrans relocates a classic Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder during the car's registration processing in prelude to the Russo and Steele Annual Collectors Automobile auction.

    Providing a service during Car Week and having a bit of fun

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Spc. Nathan Rosecrans relocates a classic Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder during the car's registration processing in prelude to the Russo and Steele Annual Collectors Automobile auction.

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- Service members from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center are asked to volunteer their free time by many local events. This year is has been no different -- from golf tournaments to foot and car races to Monterey's "Car Week," they are much in demand.

"Overall, by virtue of living in Monterey, our young men and women get a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience world-class events," said Corwin Brown, Operations Specialist Force Protection Officer.

As proof, Car Week includes an elite gathering of concurrent shows: Concours d' Elegance, Concorso Italiano, Russo and Steele Automobile Auction, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion just to name a few.

"Where else could our service members see some of the most prestigious automobiles in the world? Also, given the international draw of the car show, it is a great opportunity for these linguists to use their skills that they have learned," Brown added.

These events and more contribute to a unique gathering that many consider the "Mecca of Collector Automobiles."

Volunteers perform many functions, from helping inventory and track vehicles, to driving them into position to staging them for the event. Their military training and professionalism seem to shine according to Bob Paris, director of vehicle operations for the auction.

Paris praised their participation, "We really appreciate all the support from DLIFLC. We would not have been able to set-up and operate the vehicle operations center without the assistance of these service members."

One of the volunteers this week at the Russo and Steele Car Auction, Spc. Nathan Rosecrans, 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, said he was "totally blown away" being able to see and drive some of the most elite and prestigious automobiles.

"This experience has been nothing short of amazing," Rosecrans said. "Not only are we doing set-up for this organization, it also gives us service members the opportunity to observe the behind-the-scene experience and how a world-class organization like Russo and Steele operates."

Readers simply should attend what is properly billed as the ultimate automobile collector experience in the northern hemisphere. The only regret will be "why have I not done this before?"

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