• Greyson Neidetcher (front), 3, of La Grange, Illinois, and his friend Henry Scheri, 3, of Willowbrook, beep the horn of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Greyson Neidetcher (front), 3, of La Grange, Illinois, and his friend Henry Scheri, 3, of Willowbrook, beep the horn of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the...

  • Braxton Bonnevier, 5, of La Grange, Ill., tries on an Army combat helmet while playing in an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Braxton Bonnevier, 5, of La Grange, Ill., tries on an Army combat helmet while playing in an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and...

  • Sgt. Eric Urbanski, a Soldier with the 416th Theater Engineer Command, from Skokie, Ill., shows children the belt buckling system of an Army Reserve Humvee during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Sgt. Eric Urbanski, a Soldier with the 416th Theater Engineer Command, from Skokie, Ill., shows children the belt buckling system of an Army Reserve Humvee during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and...

  • Sgt. Eric Urbanski, a Soldier with the 416th Theater Engineer Command, from Skokie, Ill., shows children the belt buckling system of an Army Reserve Humvee during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Sgt. Eric Urbanski, a Soldier with the 416th Theater Engineer Command, from Skokie, Ill., shows children the belt buckling system of an Army Reserve Humvee during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and...

  • A boy inspects the turret of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    A boy inspects the turret of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children...

  • Annabelle Sheehan, 1 year old, of Willowbrook, Ill., sits in the driver's seat of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Annabelle Sheehan, 1 year old, of Willowbrook, Ill., sits in the driver's seat of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation...

  • Cables and gloves from an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command sit on the dash while children play inside during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Cables and gloves from an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command sit on the dash while children play inside during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department...

  • Spc. Shelby Billing, a Soldier with the 416th Theater Engineer Command living in St. Charles, Ill., interacts with children playing on the back of an Army Reserve Humvee during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Spc. Shelby Billing, a Soldier with the 416th Theater Engineer Command living in St. Charles, Ill., interacts with children playing on the back of an Army Reserve Humvee during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook...

  • Children and parents play under the water spray from a de-icer truck typically used on aircraft during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Children and parents play under the water spray from a de-icer truck typically used on aircraft during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited...

  • Children and parents play under the water spray from a de-icer truck typically used on aircraft during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Children and parents play under the water spray from a de-icer truck typically used on aircraft during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited...

  • A boy tries on an Army combat helmet while playing in an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    A boy tries on an Army combat helmet while playing in an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An...

  • Madison, 5, of Darien, Illinois, tries on an Army combat helmet while playing in an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Madison, 5, of Darien, Illinois, tries on an Army combat helmet while playing in an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation...

  • Harper Allen, 2, of Downers Grove, Illinois, stands on the back of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Harper Allen, 2, of Downers Grove, Illinois, stands on the back of an Army Reserve Humvee belonging to the 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department...

  • Children and family members play around an Army Reserve humvee belonging to 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300 children visited and interacted with various trucks on display. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

    Children toot Army Reserve's horn at Touch a Truck

    Children and family members play around an Army Reserve humvee belonging to 416th Theater Engineer Command during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11. An estimated 300...

DARIEN, Ill. -Children crawled through a Humvee, trying on combat helmets and beeped the horn while pretending to drive. Parents took photos and asked questions about the truck.

Soldiers from the 416th Theater Engineer Command (TEC) provided the Humvee for children and family members to play during the Touch a Truck community event hosted by the Village of Willowbrook, Parks and Recreation Department, July 11.

"In Illinois, there aren't a lot of Army bases around and some children grow up and never get to see an Army truck," said Spc. Shelby Billing, a Soldier with the 416th TEC living in St. Charles, Illinois.

During the Touch a Truck event there were vehicles from various service specialties. Besides the Humvee, there was a fire truck, police truck, ambulance and a de-icing truck used at O'Hare Airport during the winter months. At one point, children ran and laughed under a jet spray of water from the de-icing truck.

Touch a Truck has been going on for seven years, and this is the second year in a row the 416th TEC has participated. An estimated 300 children interacted with the vehicles throughout the day.

"It lets people know that we're people and that we care about the community," said Sgt Eric Urbanski living in Skokie, Illinois.

The 416th TEC is headquartered in Darien, Illinois, just ten minutes away from where Touch a Truck took place. Roughly 250 Army Reserve Soldiers train in Darien each month. Plus there are roughly 4,000 Reserve Soldiers in the Greater Chicago Area. Community interaction is one of the Army Reserve's top priorities.

Billing let children wear her patrol cap and joked with them while sharing stories. Urbanski helped children in and out of the truck, explaining things while they touched the gear.

The 416th TEC has provided Humvees for community events before, from parades to public displays. However, this was a rare moment where Soldiers provided an Army experience specifically designed for children in the community.

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