82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and their families recently celebrated the coming summer season with competition, sweat and fellowship.
Paratroopers and families of 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment participated in a Functional Fitness Family Day on Friday, June 2 on Fort Bragg to kick off the summer season.
"Our sincere desire is to strengthen our internal and external relationships across the 2Panther Force and increase the morale and welfare of our team," said Lt. Col. Graham White, the 2-505 PIR Commander. "We also want to leave a lasting and positive impact on our families, particularly our children whom we hope to motivate to adopt healthy and active lifestyles while developing an appreciation for our nation's many freedoms."
Paratroopers and family members attending the event participated in numerous family functional fitness events including a couples and individual competitions, a children's competition and a family fun-run.
For the family-focused event, the battalion partnered with Corvias Foundation.
"Corvias Foundation is proud to support this Functional Fitness Family Day and the long-term health and wellness of the military members in the 2-505th PIR," shared John G. Picerne, Founder of Corvias and Corvias Foundation. "We were honored to step in to help this special event."
After the fitness events, a dunk-tank offered attendees the chance to soak of the battalion's command group, a slip n'slide was available for everyone else to cool off and a cook-off gave everyone the chance to refuel and fellowship. Ending the event was a ceremony where each of the battalion's companies unveiled their new emblem and an awards ceremony recognized excellence and achievement within the ranks.
"This event is all about fun, fitness and camaraderie," said White. "Through events like these, I want to strengthen not only the physical endurance of our paratroopers and families, but also the relationship they have with each other and their resiliency to challenges and adversity."