• FORT HOOD, Texas - Gillian Herman (left) and Madison Gray, Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Troop 8737, from Frisco, Texas, hand over two of the 116 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Barbara Sherer, 1st Cav. Div. chaplain.

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Gillian Herman (left) and...

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Gillian Herman (left) and Madison Gray, Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Troop 8737, from Frisco, Texas, hand over two of the 116 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Barbara Sherer, 1st Cav. Div. chaplain.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Madison Gray (left) and Gillian Herman, Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Troop 8737, from Frisco, Texas, receive a challenge coin from Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, 1st Cav. Div., for donating 116 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the division's Soldiers.

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Madison Gray (left) and...

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Madison Gray (left) and Gillian Herman, Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Troop 8737, from Frisco, Texas, receive a challenge coin from Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, 1st Cav. Div., for donating 116 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the...

  • FORT HOOD, Texas - Gillian Herman (left) and Madison Gray, Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Troop 8737, from Frisco, Texas, listen to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Barbara Sherer, 1st Cav. Div. chaplain, and Sgt. Carla Philpot, 1st Cav. Div. chaplain's assistant, as they explain the division's history and their jobs in the division.

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Gillian Herman (left) and...

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Gillian Herman (left) and Madison Gray, Girl Scouts with Girl Scout Troop 8737, from Frisco, Texas, listen to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Barbara Sherer, 1st Cav. Div. chaplain, and Sgt. Carla Philpot, 1st Cav. Div. chaplain's assistant, as...

FORT HOOD, Texas - Hearing Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Tagalongs in a conversation can make someone think of either dancing or Girl Scouts. For the 1st Cavalry Division it meant the latter and their cookies.

Girl Scouts Madison Gray and Gillian Herman, both in fifth grade, and their group leader, Dina Gray, from the northeastern Texas Girl Scout Troop 8737, drove three hours from Frisco, Texas, June 7, to donate 116 boxes of assorted Girl Scout Cookies to 1st Cav. Div. Soldiers.

Typically the Girl Scouts of the U.S. send all donated cookies to Soldiers deployed overseas. However, Troop 8737 and the city of Frisco wanted their cookies to stay in Texas and more specifically the 1st Cav. Div.

The girls first met with the division Chaplain (Lt. Col) Barbara Sherer, received a giant card signed by those who donated cookies from Frisco and the 116 boxes of cookies on behalf of the division.

Sherer mentioned how impressed she was when she found out that these young women, along with their troop leader, drove all that way just to bring the cookies here. She also said that this is a great way to recognize Soldiers who have returned back from combat.

The girls personally delivered cookies to the division's command group and the Horse Detachment where they received tokens of appreciation such as coins and lapel pins. They were also told of the division's history as well as some jobs within the Army.

When the girls were asked why they drove so far to deliver the cookies Gillian said "I thought it would be fun to deliver the cookies to the Soldiers and learn about the military."

Toward the end of the girl's impromptu tour of the division Dina said that their motive for donating the cookies to Fort Hood and the division revolved around them wanting to keep the cookies in Texas, the Nov. 5 tragedy on Fort Hood and the returning of the division from Iraq.

Upon conclusion of the visit, Sherer said she plans to take the cookies and divide them up between the brigades and the division headquarters to ensure there is a cookie opportunity throughout the division.

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