Soldiers share Army experiences, inspire kids
February 16, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Five Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, braved the hallways of George Washington Carver Elementary School, Feb. 3, for the school's career day.
"We were invited to come to the career day at Washington Carver Elementary School," said Staff Sgt. Joshua Weaver, Co. B, 3/69 Armor. "We sat down with the class and showed them the different jobs there are in the Army, showed them the different uniforms and answered any questions they had. Most of the kids knew someone in the military so they already knew a little bit."
The kids sat in rapt attention as each Soldier walked through what they do in the Army. From infantryman to mechanic and scout to medic the group tried to provide a rounded look at what makes up today's Army."I thought it was a blast, it was a good chance for the kids to experience what we do in the Army to keep them safe," said Spc. David Vansandt, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3/69 Armor, then he laughed. "We had a lot of fun together and they asked a lot of questions."
One very serious question was asked by a 4th grader, "Can a tank take out a giant beanstalk?"
One Soldier responded quickly and confidently, "Yes, yes it can."
After their presentation, the Soldiers brought out the full Marne Standard for the kids to try on.
"The kids enjoyed being able to put on the gear," said Sgt. Jesse Mitchell, Co. E, 3/69 Armor. "They may see it a lot but they don't get a chance to wear it. Growing up as a kid, I always wondered what it was like to put Army gear on, and that's one of the reasons for me being here now."
The kids were so excited to try on the vest and see the various uniforms they wore that they went over their time limit. Both the children and the Soldiers left the class begrudgingly.
"I think it's important to get out to the communities especially being that Richmond Hill is so close to us," said Staff Sgt. Weaver, "It's a way to show that the Army is there to support."