By 2nd Lt. Angela DiMattiaJuly 6, 2018
FORT CARSON, Colo. - From Fort Carson to Afghanistan and Kosovo, there are 7,390 miles and 5,863 miles, respectively, to walk in order to reach the deployed Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team "War Horse," 4th Infantry Division.
To show support, Soldiers, Family members and friends of the brigade participated in a "Walk to Kosovo/Afghanistan" June 15, 2018, an event where those walking log and collectively total the number of miles that stand between 2nd IBCT Soldiers downrange and themselves.
"The Walk to Kosovo/Afghanistan is an opportunity for Family members to come together and show their support for our deployed Soldiers," said Sandi Hillig, wife of Command Sgt. Major Anton Hillig, 2nd IBCT. "It's a great time for Families to get out and enjoy the beautiful state we live in and make new friends along the way."
Through the course of her 24-year marriage, Sandi Hillig is keen on finding ways to support her husband while he is deployed.
A few months into the brigade's current deployment, Sandi Hillig said the Walk to Kosovo/Afghanistan has made coping without her spouse easier.
"For me, it's being surrounded by so many other spouses who are going through the same thing and just knowing we are not alone in this," she said. "Deployments are tough. Whether it's your first or 10th deployment, it isn't easy."
Each battalion in the 2nd IBCT is assigned a Family readiness liaison who assists his unit by leading the Family readiness program, which helps Families stay connected with their deployed Soldiers.
"Families and Soldiers walking side by side as one cohesive unit (creates) a gigantic support system for everyone involved," said 1st Lt. Amanda Wood, Family readiness liaison, 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd IBCT. "The support that comes from (being) together gives people the chance to talk to others going through similar obstacles."
During the walk, 2nd IBCT Soldiers and Families interacted with each other outside of work.
"It is a way for Soldiers to build morale and feel connected with deployed members of the team," said Wood.