By Sgt. Gaelen Lowers, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public AffairsJuly 12, 2012
BELLOWS AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- "The [Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command] is a family, and days like this gives us a chance to show it."
This statement said by said Capt. Kristin Tashma, commander of the HHC, 8th STB, summed up the feelings of the first, but not the last, Tashma added, HHC, 8th STB organizational day held at Bellows Air Force Base, July 6.
It was a day to let your hair down, a day away from the office, a chance to have some fun with your family, both in the literal and figurative sense.
"This is all about unit cohesion," said Sgt. Lauren Johnson, communications sergeant for the 8th TSC. "Organizational days bring everyone together outside of the office, and let everyone enjoy each other's company."
The day began with a safety briefing and a group photo, followed by games, prizes and food galore!
The "grill masters" were cooking for the more than 300 people that showed up for the day. They served hamburgers, hot dogs, barbeque chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, multiple varieties of chips, drinks, and all shapes and sizes of deserts. There was even a snow cone and cotton candy machine run by the company commander and executive officer!
There were bouncy houses for the children and sumo suits for the adults and older teens. There were horse shoe pits and tug of war ropes. There was a volleyball court and large jungle gym for all ages. If none of that perked your interest, the picnic location was facing a large beach where life guards were on duty to provide a safe and enjoyable swim.
"I think everyone is having a fantastic time," said Tashma as she handed out another snow cone, a cherry and blue berry mix. "We wanted to get everyone together away from the office so we could all have a little fun."
After the success of this organizational day, the HHC, 8th STB plans on making it an annual event.
"After all the fun we had here today, I can't wait to come to next year's!" exclaimed Johnson.