By Capt. Jason Kim, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 166th Aviation Brigade, Division WestJune 18, 2014
As you pass the Gatesville Elementary School, you can see the "Sponsored by the 166th Aviation Brigade" sign hanging beneath the Gatesville School sign. The 166th Aviation Brigade commander, Col. Kevin Vizzarri has always told his team that he wants to "earn our name on that sign by supporting this school and our great partner town of Gatesville."
The 166th reached out to the Gatesville community volunteering and assisting in the school's annual Gatesville Fun in the Sun Field Day in Gatesville, Texas, June 6.
This field day afforded the second and third graders from Gatesville Elementary an opportunity to interact with Soldiers, and ultimately to have one last fun-filled day of group activities before they headed off to their summer vacations.
This was the 166th's second successful year helping out the teachers and faculty of the elementary school. The brigade Soldiers helped out by assisting in setting up a round-robin of 16 events, which included an obstacle course, softball throwing competition, a military vehicle static display station, and other exciting activities.
Fourty "GreyWing" Soldiers supported Gatesville Elementary and helped the kids have a fun and good time.
"I had so much fun with all of the different activities, and I'm impressed by how well-behaved the kids were as well as how supportive the Soldiers were," said 1st Sgt. Cassandra Cox, with 166th Headquarters and Headquarters Company.
Gatesville Elementary boasted an impressive 450 excited, energetic students, faculty and staff members.
"The kids definitely had a great time, especially when they saw their teachers getting involved in the games, and competing with other teachers," said Capt. Nicole Kruse, 166th Aviation Brigade Public Affairs officer.
Becky Byrom, the physical education coordinator and teacher for the elementary school, was in charge of this year's event.
"We just want to thank all the Soldiers for the hard work and dedication to our students, and we definitely look forward to doing this again with the GreyWing team next year," said Byrom.
In addition to this event, every Friday during the school year, the brigade send at least two Soldiers to eat lunch with the kids. In December, the school invited the GreyWings to their Christmas choir performance. The Soldiers of 166th Aviation Brigade are looking forward to next year's events and an opportunity to continue to earn privilege of being the school's sponsor.