Illinois Army National Guard, Webcast with Afghanistan

By Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-MidwestMay 22, 2009

Colonel Haerr, Rear Detachment Commander for the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, answers a question from the spouse of a Soldier deployed with the ILARNG, at a live DVIDS Webcast.  Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, allowed family members of deployed Soldiers to interact with community leaders, address any concerns and ask questions to the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul.
1 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Colonel Haerr, Rear Detachment Commander for the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, answers a question from the spouse of a Soldier deployed with the ILARNG, at a live DVIDS Webcast. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, allowed family members of deployed Soldiers to interact with community leaders, address any concerns and ask questions to the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul. (Photo Credit: John Stanescki, Chicago) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army "Soldier of the Year," Sergeant David Obray, a Construction Equipment Repair Specialist, U.S. Army Reserve, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Theater Engineer Command, Darien, Ill., listens intently to Major General Richard Formica, Commander Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Brigadier General Steve Huber, Joint Task Force Phoenix Commander, stationed in Kabul Afghanistan at a Webcast in Chicago. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, was arranged to give family members of deployed Soldiers from the 33rd Brigade, Infantry Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, a chance to interact with community leaders and ask questions to the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul. Obray was an honored guest at the Webcast and was on hand to interact with the family members, show support and answer questions.
2 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army "Soldier of the Year," Sergeant David Obray, a Construction Equipment Repair Specialist, U.S. Army Reserve, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Theater Engineer Command, Darien, Ill., listens intently to Major General Richard Formica, Commander Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Brigadier General Steve Huber, Joint Task Force Phoenix Commander, stationed in Kabul Afghanistan at a Webcast in Chicago. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, was arranged to give family members of deployed Soldiers from the 33rd Brigade, Infantry Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard, a chance to interact with community leaders and ask questions to the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul. Obray was an honored guest at the Webcast and was on hand to interact with the family members, show support and answer questions. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Chicagoland families and supporters of Illinois National Guard Soldiers participated in an interactive web cast with senior leadership to discuss their loved ones deployed to Afghanistan. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, also gave the family members a chance to interact with community leaders. Navy Mom Candice Daniel and her daughter were there to wish the best for her husband, Staff Sergeant John Daniel, and to all the brave men and women currently deployed overseas. The Daniel's take in the Army Strong! display at the entrance to the live DVIDS Webcast from Kabul.
3 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Chicagoland families and supporters of Illinois National Guard Soldiers participated in an interactive web cast with senior leadership to discuss their loved ones deployed to Afghanistan. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, also gave the family members a chance to interact with community leaders. Navy Mom Candice Daniel and her daughter were there to wish the best for her husband, Staff Sergeant John Daniel, and to all the brave men and women currently deployed overseas. The Daniel's take in the Army Strong! display at the entrance to the live DVIDS Webcast from Kabul. (Photo Credit: John Stanescki, Chicago) VIEW ORIGINAL
Family members of deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, community leaders and Chicagoland Soldiers, start off a live DVIDS Webcast to Afghanistan by singing the National Anthem. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, allowed family members of deployed Soldiers to interact with community leaders, such as 11th Ward Alderman, James Balcer, CASA John Scully and the US Army 'Soldier of the Year,' Sergeant David Obray, as well as the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul, Afghanistan.
4 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Family members of deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, community leaders and Chicagoland Soldiers, start off a live DVIDS Webcast to Afghanistan by singing the National Anthem. Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' the Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, allowed family members of deployed Soldiers to interact with community leaders, such as 11th Ward Alderman, James Balcer, CASA John Scully and the US Army 'Soldier of the Year,' Sergeant David Obray, as well as the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
Family members of deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers were greeted by the Chicago White Sox Mascot, "Southpaw," after a live Webcast with Afghanistan. The Webcast, Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' home of the Chicago White Sox, allowed the family members to interact with community leaders and address any concerns. After the broadcast, families were able to enjoy the entire on-field experience with a tour of the field, stadium and dug-outs, at the generosity of the CWS.
5 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Family members of deployed Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers were greeted by the Chicago White Sox Mascot, "Southpaw," after a live Webcast with Afghanistan. The Webcast, Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' home of the Chicago White Sox, allowed the family members to interact with community leaders and address any concerns. After the broadcast, families were able to enjoy the entire on-field experience with a tour of the field, stadium and dug-outs, at the generosity of the CWS. (Photo Credit: John Stanescki, Chicago) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, Sergeant David Obray, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Theater Engineer Command, enjoys the Chicago White Sox "Family Field Day" experience with families of deployed Soldiers from the 33rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard. Major General Richard Formica, Commander, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Brigadier General Steve Huber, Joint Task Force Phoenix Commander, answered questions from family members that attended a Webcast with senior leadership in Kabul Afghanistan. The Webcast, Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' allowed the families to interact with community leaders and address any concerns. After the broadcast, the family members, along with honored guest, Sgt. Obray, were able to enjoy the entire on-field experience.
6 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, Sergeant David Obray, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Theater Engineer Command, enjoys the Chicago White Sox "Family Field Day" experience with families of deployed Soldiers from the 33rd Brigade Infantry Combat Team, Illinois Army National Guard. Major General Richard Formica, Commander, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Brigadier General Steve Huber, Joint Task Force Phoenix Commander, answered questions from family members that attended a Webcast with senior leadership in Kabul Afghanistan. The Webcast, Sponsored by 'We Do Care,' and hosted by the 'U.S. Cellular Corporation,' allowed the families to interact with community leaders and address any concerns. After the broadcast, the family members, along with honored guest, Sgt. Obray, were able to enjoy the entire on-field experience. (Photo Credit: John Stanescki, Chicago) VIEW ORIGINAL
Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Illinois and retired Maj. Gen., John Scully, addresses family members of the Illinois Army National Guard, about support available while their loved ones are deployed to Afghanistan. Scully then answered questions before a DVIDS Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, sponsored by 'We Do Care' and U.S. Cellular. The forum allowed attendees to interact with community leaders, address any concerns and ask questions to the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul. Maj. Gen. Richard Formica, Commander, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Brig. Gen. Steve Huber, Joint Task Force Phoenix Commander, took questions during the Webcast after they briefed the families on their deployment mission.
7 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Illinois and retired Maj. Gen., John Scully, addresses family members of the Illinois Army National Guard, about support available while their loved ones are deployed to Afghanistan. Scully then answered questions before a DVIDS Webcast at U.S. Cellular Field, sponsored by 'We Do Care' and U.S. Cellular. The forum allowed attendees to interact with community leaders, address any concerns and ask questions to the senior leadership of their loved ones in Kabul. Maj. Gen. Richard Formica, Commander, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Brig. Gen. Steve Huber, Joint Task Force Phoenix Commander, took questions during the Webcast after they briefed the families on their deployment mission. (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, Sergeant David Obray, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Engineer Command, receives a pillow with the American Flag sewn on it from the "Patriotic Pillow Project," founder and coordinator, Christina Finn. To Obray's right, is Mr. Dirk Beveridge, "We Do Care," who watched the couple hug SGT Obray very emotionally after they presented him with the pillow. The couple lost a son in Iraq and wanted to thank Obray for his service and sacrifice in protecting the country and their families. Obray and Beveridge were at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, for a live Webcast to Afghanistan with the senior leadership and families of the Illinois Army National Guard. The Webcast was hosted by WDC and U.S. Cellular. After the Webcast, the CWS hosted the families at their "Family Field Day."
8 / 8 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, Sergeant David Obray, 492nd Engineer Company, 416th Engineer Command, receives a pillow with the American Flag sewn on it from the "Patriotic Pillow Project," founder and coordinator, Christina Finn. To Obray's right, is Mr. Dirk Beveridge, "We Do Care," who watched the couple hug SGT Obray very emotionally after they presented him with the pillow. The couple lost a son in Iraq and wanted to thank Obray for his service and sacrifice in protecting the country and their families. Obray and Beveridge were at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, for a live Webcast to Afghanistan with the senior leadership and families of the Illinois Army National Guard. The Webcast was hosted by WDC and U.S. Cellular. After the Webcast, the CWS hosted the families at their "Family Field Day." (Photo Credit: Brandi Schiff, Office of the Chief of Public Affairs-Midwest) VIEW ORIGINAL