By Sgt. Jon HeinrichNovember 20, 2013
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville Nov. 16-17 in Antioch, Tenn.
"The project was designed to allow soldiers to not only do something good for the community, but to also help bring the team together after the recent deployment to Afghanistan," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Balwinder P. Singh, the electronic warfare technician for 1st BCT.
Singh said the project took place over two weekends: Nov. 9-10 and Nov. 16-17.
First Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT provided 25 soldiers Nov. 9; 2nd Bn., 327th Inf. Rgt., 1st BCT had 25 soldiers Nov. 10; more than 50 soldiers combined volunteered from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, and 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st BCT Nov. 16; and 25 soldiers from 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT helped out Nov. 17.
"Starting on Nov. 9, soldiers helped to install doors and molding and paint the entire house," he said. "On the 10th, we installed all cabinets for the kitchen and finished the final coat of paint on the interior of the house.
"Nov. 16, the soldiers worked diligently to finish all the landscaping by laying sod and planting trees and flowers," continued Singh. "On the 17th, 1st STB soldiers helped to finalize the house by installing appliances, and preparing the house to have the carpet installed."
Singh stated that, with the support of 1st BCT soldiers, the Habitat for Humanity was able to complete their houses in those two weekends.
Singh said the hardest part of the project was not knowing who has experience with construction, but they were given guidance from Habitat for Humanity that helped mitigate the lack of expertise.
"It was great to see soldiers working side by side to better the community right here at home," he said. "Some of the soldiers from the first weekend of the build even took time out to come back again the last weekend to help finish and see the final product of their hard work."