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US Army Okinawa has a 'Spooktakular' time during the annual Halloween run Maj. Sonie Munson

First Lt. Melissa L. Pugh, a native of Omaha, Neb., and executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Regional Support, poses for applause during the soldier costume contest during the Halloween Run Oct. 31 at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan. The annual run is hosted by the 10th Regional Support Group to build morale for U.S. Army Japan’s soldiers, family members and DA civilians assigned to Okinawa.

TORII STATION, Okinawa, Japan -- The soldiers of the 10th Regional Support Group, 78th Signal Battalion, US Army Garrison-Torii Station, and 247th Military Police held a fun run for Halloween on Oct. 31, 2013. Participants wore Halloween costumes, along with pink and purple in support of both breast cancer and domestic violence awareness.

Colonel Sheila A. Bryant, commander of the 10th Regional Support Group, and her primary staff led the run. “The run was great, it was at a good pace so everyone was able to keep up,” said Sgt. Stephanie Salgado, a mortuary affairs sergeant for the 10th RSG and native of San Diego, Calif. “It was fun; everybody had a chance to dress up and it was something out of the ordinary.”

October is both breast cancer awareness month and domestic violence awareness month. The Halloween run was used to also spread awareness and show support for these issues. Soldiers were allowed to wear pink or purple shirts, ribbons, and wrist bracelets to show their support.

Family members and pets came out to support the run. Many wore costumes, brought pets, and supported the soldiers. A costume contest was held for soldiers, spouses and children; each child walking away with a goodie bag filled with Halloween loot.

The soldier costume contest resulted in a four day pass being granted to the best dressed. First Lt. Melissa Pugh, executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th RSG who originally hails for Omaha, Neb., took the prize.

“I was a Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, and my inspiration came from my hobby of face-painting,” said Pugh. “I found some photos online and I knew that that’s what I wanted to be for Halloween.” Other costumes included Zorro, Wonder Woman, Katy Perry, cancer-surviving Barbie, and a sock monkey family.

“The run was an excellent opportunity to build camaraderie and allow soldiers to bring their families in for some fun on a Halloween day,” said Pugh.


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Date Taken:10.31.2013

Date Posted:11.19.2013 07:40

Location:TORII STATION, OKINAWA, JP

Hometown:KEARNEY, NE, US

Hometown:OMAHA, NE, US

Hometown:SALT LAKE CITY, UT, US

Hometown:SAN DIEGO, CA, US

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