Community of Pruszcz Gdański embrace Soldiers during outreach tour

By Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin RingoldMarch 13, 2020

Secondary school students ask questions to Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command March 10. Soldiers from HHC, 13th ESC, participated in a community outreach tour in Pruszcz, Gdański, March 9-10. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
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High school students pose with Soldiers after speaking with them about the life of a Soldier March 9 during a two-day community outreach tour.  On Day one, Soldiers spoke with approximately 90 high school students on their jobs, gave insight on who they are in and out of uniform, had a push-ups competition and answered questions from those in attendance. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – High school students pose with Soldiers after speaking with them about the life of a Soldier March 9 during a two-day community outreach tour. On Day one, Soldiers spoke with approximately 90 high school students on their jobs, gave insight on who they are in and out of uniform, had a push-ups competition and answered questions from those in attendance. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold) VIEW ORIGINAL
Secondary school students pose with Soldiers after speaking with them about the life of a Soldier March 10 during a two-day community outreach tour.  On Day two, Soldiers spoke with over 50 secondary school students on their jobs, gave insight on who they are in and out of uniform and answered questions from those in attendance. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
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Fishers, Indiana native, Lt. David Hantz, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, speaks with high school students March 9. Soldiers from HHC, 13th ESC, participated in a community outreach tour in Pruszcz, Gdański, March 9-10. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fishers, Indiana native, Lt. David Hantz, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, speaks with high school students March 9. Soldiers from HHC, 13th ESC, participated in a community outreach tour in Pruszcz, Gdański, March 9-10. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold) (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold) VIEW ORIGINAL
Capt. Abe Rodas, HHC, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, lets a student try on his Army gear during a community outreach event March 10.  Community outreach events help local communities and host nations gain an increased understanding of the Army, its mission and gain familiarity with the Soldiers who are the face of the Army.   (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin RIngold)
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Students try on an advanced combat helmet during an outreach event March 10.  Soldiers from HHC, 13th ESC, participated in a community outreach tour in Pruszcz, Gdański, March 9-10. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
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Pfc. Jada Williams, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, answers questions for students in attendance during a community outreach event March 10.  Community outreach events help local communities and host nations gain an increased understanding of the Army, its mission and gain familiarity with the Soldiers who are the face of the Army.   (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
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During a crossbow demonstration March 9, Spc. Kyle Abke, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, learns a near perfect technique to get a bullseye.  During a tour of the Factory, Soldiers experienced historical museum featuring a replicated traditional village with all the experiences of the Roman era. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
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Staff Sgt. Antonio Webster, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, answers questions for students in attendance during a community outreach event March 9.  Community outreach events help local communities and host nations gain an increased understanding of the Army, its mission and gain familiarity with the Soldiers who are the face of the Army.   (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Ringold)
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PRUSZCZ, GDAŃSKI, Poland — U.S. Army Soldiers deploy globally in support of the nation and the communities of their NATO allies and partners. As Soldiers go into areas with little to no experience interacting with them, being an ambassador for the United States is a crucial part of any mission.

Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, participated in a community outreach tour in Pruszcz Gdański, March 9-10.

Outreach events help local communities and host nations gain an increased understanding of the Army, its mission an increased familiarity with the Soldiers who serve as the face of the Army.

“It was a good idea to organize this visit,” said Piotr Kaliński, Head of Pruszcz, Gdański Social Affairs. “It was a perfect way of building good relations between the U.S. Army, Polish people and between our nations in general.”

On Day one, Soldiers spoke with approximately 90 high school students about their jobs, gave insight on who they are in and out of uniform, had a push-ups competition and answered questions from those in attendance.

Janina Wilkos-Gad, Cooperation and Promotion Department, City Hall of Pruszcz Gdański, was the lead on the tour for the city, and enjoyed the reactions from the students.

“The students you met were interested in your story,” Wilkos-Gad said. “They saw in the Soldiers the same people as themselves. The number of questions asked indicates that our students are curious about you and thanks to this meeting they know a little more.”

Poland is known for its vast history and the Soldiers were able to experience some of it with a tour of the Factory. The Factory is an open-air, historical museum featuring a replicated traditional village with all the experiences of the Roman era.

Fishers, Indiana native, Lt. David Hantz, HHC, 13th ESC, enjoyed a glimpse into days gone by.

“I loved learning about the history of the trading route to the Baltic Sea,” Hantz said. “Seeing how much culture this area has is pretty amazing.”

During Day two, the Soldiers interacted with over 50 secondary school students at their school, and received a tour of the facilities by the Deputy Major of Social Affairs, Mayor Jerzy Kulka, who hosted the Soldiers on both days.

During the interactions with the younger students, they also took a liking to the Soldiers they had only seen on tv or read about.

“You made a real interest in the audience as they had no opportunity to meet U.S. Soldiers before,” Kaliński said. “You have presented yourselves as a normal people with a similar interests, problems and sense of humor which made an impression like you could be their friends or a member of family, not just strangers from a far country.”

Since the Soldiers challenged the students to a push-ups competition the first day, Kulka had a surprise for them in the school’s weight room; a friendly competition to see who could get the most reps on the weight bench in four minutes.

The mayor came out on top, but for Capt. Abe Rodas, HHC, 13th ESC, it all added to an amazing experience.

“It was a fun activity to help build a more personal relationship with a political figure from Poland,” Rodas said. “The challenge was awesome and it made it easier to talk to him afterwards.”

The Soldiers finished the experience with a tour of Poviat and Municipal Public Library, the Parish Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and lunch with the mayor.

It’s events like these they help local communities, regardless of their location, get a better understanding of who Soldiers, and this experience was no different.

“During the visit, our citizens had the opportunity to get to know Soldiers better,” Kulka said. “Students who had the opportunity to ask questions turned out to be very active. They were curious why our guests chose this career path and what their interests are. I am glad that during the visit we also had the opportunity to show our guests what our educational institutions look like and to familiarize them with the history of our city.”