By Bob Mathews, DFMWRApril 7, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander Col. Kevin W. Milton and Garrison Command Sgt.Maj. James E. Ervin led scores of 3, 4 and 5-year-olds in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, thumbs-up rendition of Tooty Ta to launch the Month of the Military Child, April 1 at the Fort Stewart Youth Center.
Child, Youth and School Services Director Dagmar Peguero invited Col. Milton and Command Sgt. Maj. Ervin to join her and others in a few minutes of fun with the song-to the delight of the excited children.
Shawn Brown brought his Super Fun Show to the Youth Center for two shows, one for the younger children during the morning and another that afternoon for the first through fifth-graders.
The shows at the youth center were two of several scheduled events at Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield to launch a month-long celebration of military children.
Colonel Milton and Command Sgt. Maj. Ervin spoke briefly to the youngsters just before the Super Fun Show started. Both told the children that they are very special kids and an important part not only of their own Family, but the Army Family as well.
Brown, an Air Force veteran, performed and interacted with the children for about 40 minutes. Whenever he performs on a military post, he said, it is like "coming home."
"These children are put in a position like no other children on the planet, because their parents are serving and (in some cases) they are giving their lives," he said. "They are part of what I believe helps keep our country strong. These children are going to be strong, they are going to persevere, they are going to support other military children. They are going to pay it forward."