• Three 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers, Spec. Jessica Gradney, Sgt. 1st Class Andrew England and Staff Sgt. Scott Dorand, help set up a bounce house at the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12.  Multiple area businesses participated along with sister radio stations WQXE 98.3 FM and WULF 94.3 FM of Elizabethtown.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dave McClain)

    Sustainers reach out to community children

    Three 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers, Spec. Jessica Gradney, Sgt. 1st Class Andrew England and Staff Sgt. Scott Dorand, help set up a bounce house at the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12...

  • Sgt. Onyebuci Mordi and Sgt. Jeffery Eglinsdoerfer from 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) fill bags of popcorn during the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12.  The fair was a free event for children from one to twelve years old and included treats, karaoke, games and other fun activities.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dave McClain)

    Sustainers reach out to community children

    Sgt. Onyebuci Mordi and Sgt. Jeffery Eglinsdoerfer from 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) fill bags of popcorn during the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12. The fair was a free event for children from one to...

  • Spec. Jessica Gradney of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), waits to see if she's about to get dunked at the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12.  Gradney was in a dunking booth brought by "Warm Blessings" soup kitchen in Elizabethtown, one of several community organizations and businesses who participated in the fair.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dave McClain)

    Sustainers reach out to community children

    Spec. Jessica Gradney of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), waits to see if she's about to get dunked at the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12. Gradney was in a dunking booth brought by "Warm Blessings"...

  • Staff Sgt. Scott Dorand of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hands a balloon to a child during the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12.  Dorand was one of eight 3d ESC Soldiers and Family members who volunteered to help at the fair.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Dave McClain)

    Sustainers reach out to community children

    Staff Sgt. Scott Dorand of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) hands a balloon to a child during the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown Jun 12. Dorand was one of eight 3d ESC Soldiers and Family members who...

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky - Eight Soldiers and Family members from Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered at the 15th Annual Children's Fair at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown on June 12.

The 3d ESC volunteers helped set up the fair, helped run the games, popped popcorn and one even volunteered to take a turn in the dunking booth.

Sgt. Onyebuci Mordi, a human resources specialist with the 3d ESC, seemed to enjoy himself as much as the kids he was making popcorn for.

"It's so alive. Lots of people having a good time," commented Mordi.

Mordi explained that he volunteered because it was better than sitting in his room all day watching Netflix.

Another 3d ESC volunteer, Staff Sgt. Scott Dorand, an intel systems repairer with the 3d ESC said, "It's a chance to get out on a Saturday and have a nice time supporting the community."

The Children's Fair was a totally free event for children aged one to twelve and
Included participation by multiple area businesses and sister radio stations WQXE 98.3 FM and WULF 94.3 FM of Elizabethtown. The fair included games with prizes, snacks and give-aways from local businesses. While kids climbed aboard a fire truck, WULF broadcast live from the fair. There was also karaoke and a mascot dancing contest including Dora the Explorer, the Kentucky State Police "Buckle-Up Bear" and DJ the Tiger from WQXE.

Jennifer Meyers, an account executive at WQXE and one of the organizers of the Children's Fair, said this is the first year Soldiers volunteered to help with the fair.

"The Soldier support we received was so awesome!" said Meyers. "I don't think you all realize what a big help you all were this year. We hope that you all can
participate again next year!"

Besides the volunteers from the 3d ESC, several Soldiers from Fort Knox's Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers, or BOSS, organization helped out as well.

Meyers said about 400 kids attended this year's Children's Fair and parents seemed to appreciate it as much as the kids did. She related the story of one parent who thanked her for helping organize the event.

"She quietly told me that they didn't have a lot of money to do a lot of fun things with the kids and they really appreciated this free event," said Meyers.

Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Dave McClain, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs. For queries, contact 3d Sustainment Command Public Affairs at (502) 624-8601. For high-resolution photos and stories by the 3d Sustainment Command, please contact the Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System at (678) 421-6612 or access them online at http://www.dvidshub.net/units/3sce.

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