• SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii"Maj. Gabriella McKinney, performs a praise dance during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team held at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general of USARPAC, was the guest speaker for the event. During the observance, Brooks challenged everyone to make a difference.

    Praise Dance performed during MLK Jr. Observance

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii"Maj. Gabriella McKinney, performs a praise dance during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team held at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii"A Soldier stops by the Salvation Army table during the volunteer fair held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16. The volunteer fair was held at the observance in memory of Dr. King's dream in strengthening the community.

    Salvation Army volunteer table at MLK Jr. observance

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii"A Soldier stops by the Salvation Army table during the volunteer fair held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, delivers his speech as the guest speaker during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the USARPAC Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16. Brooks challenged all the Soldiers in attendance to make a difference to those around themselves during the observance.

    USARPAC Commanding general speaks during MLK Jr. observance

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, delivers his speech as the guest speaker during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the USARPAC Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--After attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Soldiers talked with community organizations during the volunteer fair held, Jan. The Soldiers were encouraged to find ways to make a difference during the observance.

    MLK Volunteer Booth

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--After attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Soldiers talked with community organizations...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, poses for a picture with Spc. Shakita McDonald, a human resource specialist for the 18th Medical Command received the bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for serving more than 100 hours throughout the year. McDonald was presented with the award during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the USARPAC Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16.

    Spc. Shakita McDonald the bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, poses for a picture with Spc. Shakita McDonald, a human resource specialist for the 18th Medical Command received the bronze Presidential Volunteer Service...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, poses for a picture with Sgt. 1st Class Eric Driscoll, an equal opportunity advisor for the Pacific Region Medical Command received the President's Call to Service Award for serving more the 4,000 hours of volunteer hours throughout his lifetime. Driscoll was presented with the award during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the USARPAC Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16.

    Sgt. 1st Class Eric Driscoll received the President's Call to Service Award

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commanding general for U.S. Army Pacific, poses for a picture with Sgt. 1st Class Eric Driscoll, an equal opportunity advisor for the Pacific Region Medical Command received the President's Call to...

  • SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Soldiers walk through the volunteer fair held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16. Fifteen organizations came out to support the volunteer fair.

    Volunteer Fair during MLK Observance

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii--Soldiers walk through the volunteer fair held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance hosted by the U.S. Army Pacific Equal Opportunity Team at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 16...

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- While most Soldiers prepared for an early weekend, some took the time to reflect at the Martin Luther King Jr. observance, Jan. 16.

Some Soldiers started their weekend embracing the "One Team" spirit, at an observance and volunteer fair that honored the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Sgt. Smith Theater located at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Guest speaker for the observance was the Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks.

As Brooks delivered his speech, he challenged the audience in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to "commit ourselves to the cause of another." Brooks recognized that most Soldiers commits themselves to something larger every day and he encouraged all Soldiers to continue supporting the community and living the Army values.

Before Brooks stepped off the stage he reminded everyone of the holiday's recurring theme, "A day on, not a day off," encouraging everyone to make a difference.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to equal rights. He believed "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

Fifty-one years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his awe-inspiring "I Have a Dream" speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

The MLK observance was meant to honor Dr. King, and allow those in attendance to reflect on the many ways they live up to his dream.

"It feels great to participate in this observance," said Sgt. 1st Class Dawn Ramos, ceremony coordinator assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, USARPAC. "The Martin Luther King Day holiday is all about volunteerism and giving back to community. As Soldiers, a lot of us are given unique opportunities to volunteer. I feel like I'm bridging a gap between the military and the community.

"It's truly and honor and a blessing helping out others. Whether it's helping Soldiers to stay in shape with PRT [physical readiness training], building homes, or mentoring those going through junior reserves officers training corps--it's just awesome to give up a little bit of your time to give back to the community. You just can't beat the feeling you get when you're helping someone to improve their way of life," Sgt. 1st Class Craig Prouty, HHT, 3-4 Cav, 3BCT.

As Brooks pointed out, Soldiers had special abilities and talents allowing them to give more to those around them.

"Like Dr. Martin Luther King would have wanted us too, I'm grateful that I'm able to help people daily," said Command Sgt. Maj. James Jackson, command sergeant major for the 45th Special Troop Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade. "It's a great feeling to be able to help individuals through the trials and tribulations of life. No matter your sex or race, it's all about one team."

During the observance, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Driscoll, an equal opportunity advisor for the Pacific Region Medical Command received the President's Call to Service Award for serving more the 4,000 hours of volunteer hours throughout his lifetime and Spc. Shakita McDonald, a human resource specialist for the 18th Medical Command received the bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for serving more than 100 hours throughout the year.

Also in memory of Dr. King, a volunteer fair was hosted at the event to give the Soldiers and civilian in attendance a chance to connect with community.

"Living by the example set by Dr. King makes me want to help in the community," said Ramos. "I'm going to continue to do what I can to bridge my military family with my family in the community. Volunteering our time is one of the best ways we can do that."

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