FORT KNOX, Ky. - Several Soldiers from Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered to assist Pierce Elementary during its Field Day events on May 20-21.

The assistance comes as an initiative by the 3d ESC to give back to the Fort Knox communities that supported them during two deployments within the past few months.

Pierce Elementary is one of several schools on Fort Knox sponsored by military units on post. Since returning from Iraq in August of 2009, the 3d ESC has taken an active role in its sponsorship of Pierce and provided help with many of its projects.

The school's students and leadership are appreciative of the 3d ESC's sponsorship, and assistance they have provided since its return from deployment.

"I think it is really great to have the Soldiers here to assist our school," said Dr. Wanda Bradley, Pierce Elementary principal and Gulfport, Miss., native. "The Soldiers get a kick out of being here with the kids and the kids love being around the Soldiers."

Bradley said that she was very appreciative of the 3d ESC's sponsorship. She mentioned that whenever the school needs assistance, the 3d ESC is just a phone call away. Recently, the 3d ESC assisted Pierce in planting flowers, organizing library books and the schools Spring Fling.

Sgt. Trumaine Harrison, a food service noncommissioned officer with the 3d ESC and Greenville, S.C., native, said he was happy to help the school during its recent event and would volunteer for future events at Pierce.

"You never fully realize how much children look up to Soldiers until you come in contact with them," said Harrison. "I truly enjoyed every minute that I helped Pierce Elementary with their Field Day. I think we enjoyed the kids just as much as they enjoyed us."

During the Field Day, the 3d ESC Soldiers helped with the set up and tear down of events, and ran many of the event stations.

Photos and story by Sgt. Michael Behlin, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs.
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