The 566th Area Support Medical Company, 61st Medical Battalion, conducted a car wash May 7in support of t he company’s and battalion's Family Readiness Group.
“Participating in the car wash was a blast," said Cpl. Kenneth Outman, 566th MCAS. "Being able to spend time with the company in a relaxed setting was fun and raising funds for the families of our deployed Soldiers was very fulfilling.”
The FRG fund is used to support families of deployed Soldiers via recreational activities, town halls to be open to any issues the families may be having and with a support system while their loved ones are overseas. The battalion currently has three forward companies across U.S. Army Europe and Africa USAEUR-AF and U.S. Central Command. The Soldiers are gone for long periods of time and the families that are left behind sometimes need support.
The event was planned by Capt. Samuel Cotton, the Rear-Detachment Commander of 566th MCAS and by 1st. Sgt. Marc Aberg. The event required coordination between the MCAS and all of the 61st MMB in order to ensure the required equipment and the entirety of 1st Medical Brigade was aware of the event.
"The car wash was great! It allowed us to put people first again, while our Soldiers bonded and raised money to help Soldiers and families in need," Capt. Cotton said. "Donating some of the proceeds to our battalion’s FRG was an added bonus as well."
After the event, the command team hosted a barbeque for all of the Soldiers in the company. The company ended up raising $298 total. They donated $150 to the battalion FRG fund and kept the rest for the company's FRG fund.