By Capt. Josepher Pacquing, 1st Battalion, 360th Infantry Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division WestDecember 20, 2012
EL PASO, Texas -- The 1st Battalion, 360th Infantry Regiment, "Task Force Warhawg," 5th Armored Brigade, Division West, and the Child Crisis Center of El Paso partnered for the 77th annual "Celebration of Lights" parade that brought thousands of spectators to the city's downtown streets earlier this month.
The Child Crisis Center of El Paso participates in the parade every year to bring joy and happiness to the children residing at the center. This year's theme was a train, and the children from the center rode in the caboose.
Task Force Warhawg supported the Crisis Center's float not only to celebrate their partnership and the holiday season, but to pay tribute to the Center's contributions to the city of El Paso and to help raise awareness within the community.
Martha Hernandez, Crisis Center administration and facilities manager, and Sallie House, Crisis Center outreach coordinator, drafted the float design and coordinated its decoration.
Sgt. 1st Class Reese Slavich, Task Force Warhawg Operations noncommissioned officer, his wife, Holly Slavich, and Sgt. 1st Class Richard Curviel contributed to the labor in building the float.
Beginning in mid-November, Sgt. 1st Class Slavich dedicated more than 150 hours to assessing float requirements, resourcing and purchasing materials, transporting materials to the construction site and constructing the float.
Holly Slavich acted as the creative architect who drove her husband's efforts, and Curviel helped with the construction of the standing walls on the caboose, the most critical part of the structure.
Representing the 1-360th Infantry Battalion at the Celebration of Lights parade were Lt. Col. Bill Stewart, Task Force Warhawg commander, and his wife, Linda; and Sgt. 1st Class Oscar Romero, Viper Team noncommissioned officer--in-charge, his wife, Kiancy, and their daughter, Kaylian. Sgt. 1st Class Slavich, Holly Slavich, and their children, Fauna and George, also participated.