By Spc . James J. Bunn/18th Fires Bde.May 13, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Soldiers conduct field training for long hours to make sure they are prepared for any mission. Every year Loyd Auman Elementary School conducts its own field day, a day of activities that provides students an opportunity to interact with Soldiers and get a taste of Army physical fitness training.
This year, the Soldiers of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment and the 54th Forward Support Company, 188th Brigade Support Battalion, 18th Fires Brigade, got to experience a new and unique field day that both challenged and rewarded them.
"The goal of field day is to give the kids an opportunity to wind down before the end of grade testing," said Stephen Larose, the physical education teacher at Loyd Auman.
"These guys are doing an amazing job. The kids love the Soldiers," said Larose.
Tiffany Wallace, a third grade teacher at Loyd Auman said she has enjoyed the support of the military in community events because it lets the children know other people really care about them.
The students of Loyd Auman appreciate and look forward to their annual field day with the Soldiers.
"It has been a wonderful experience," said Jennifer Sickert, a second grade teacher at Loyd Auman. "The kids really enjoy it."
Although the Soldiers had to adjust from interacting with adults to interacting with children, they appreciated the change of pace from their everyday routine and enjoyed their interaction with the children.
"It's been pretty fun," said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Heaton, Battery C, 1-321st AFAR, "It's a nice change of pace. It's an adjustment from working with adults."