CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea - Over the winter holidays a 2nd Infantry Division/ ROK-U.S. Combined Division Soldier helped bring some holiday cheer to his fellow Warriors on the Korean Peninsula, Dec. 19, 2019 at the 2ID/RUCD Division Headquarters on Camp Humphreys.
Spc. Christopher Kisner, a multi-channel communications systems operator maintainer for 2ID/RUCD and a two-year member of the American Legion, worked with family and fellow Legion members from American Legion Post 14 in Smyrna, Delaware to pass out care packages to service members serving in the Republic of Korea.
"We're not in a hostile environment, but a lot of people here are single, don't have their family here and a lot of the young people who just got out of AIT (Advanced Individual Training) haven't really been out on their own," said Kisner. "They don't have that support structure with them. We wanted to bring them all in and show them that even though their families aren't here, there are veterans who've been in their shoes before and are thinking about them during the holidays."
Kisner wanted to make the greatest impact and decided to not only share the packages with the members of his platoon but other individuals in the division, giving away a total of 24 packages to single Soldiers.
"Kisner was very adamant about helping his battle buddies out and taking care of people," said Sgt. 1st Class Mario Ferrario, signal platoon sergeant, 2ID/RUCD. "He really puts himself to the side so that he can go out of his way to help others."
The veterans of Post 14 not only send care packages to Soldiers overseas, but also hold fund raisers to benefit their local community, dedicate missing man tables in honor of fallen service members, and host the Legacy Fund, a scholarship program for Gold Star Families.
"We do this year-round," said Kisner. "A lot of it is just helping people out, whether it's fellow Soldiers or the local community."