Pride is defined by Merriam Webster as, "a reasonable or justifiable self-respect", but in the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, pride is much more than a definition. Not only is it a strong belief in our abilities, but it's a way of life, a mantra, and a calling to be more than the average Soldier.
Lt. Col. Lee Adams laid out his vision for the battalion, Soldiers of the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion will be Professional, Resilient, Innovative, and Disciplined Experts, committed to the Army Values, and their families. This is what sets our Soldiers and families a tier above the rest, and on Friday, April 6, the Battalion celebrated this with their families in the first ever P.R.I.D.E. Day.
P.R.I.D.E. Day planning was headed up by Capt. Jesse Hunt, battalion chaplain, and was a day meant to bring families together, to show what the 50th ESB is all about as well as what services and programs are available for our Soldiers and their families. As Chaplain Hunt stated, "This event was designed to build spiritual fitness, develop and maintain resiliency, and connect Soldiers and family members throughout the Battalion."
The day began with a family Physical Training formation, and a short run down the street, with families. Static displays of our Warfighter Information Network-Tactical equipment, communication assemblages were displayed on Twin Lions Field for families to see, explore, and ask questions about in order to gain a better understanding of what their family member's job actually entails. The family PT session and run was concluded with a breakfast in the battalion classroom where families could come together, talk, and fellowship over a hot meal.
The morning continued at York Theater, where families were given useful briefs on how the Army can help them. Briefers included the Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC), Family Readiness Group (FRG), Chaplain Hunt, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP), as well as Army Community Service (ACS). These briefings allowed families to see what their options are for volunteering, as well as for help if they need it.
P.R.I.D.E. Day was full of fun, family, and fellowship where 50th ESB Soldiers and families had the opportunity to learn more about opportunities the Army provides them as well as volunteer opportunities and ways they can also give back the Army community.