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Vanguard soldiers "set an example" at Kessler Elementary Staff Sgt. Mary Katzenberger

Spc. Kyle T. McArdle, a native of Woburn, Mass., and a fire support specialist with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, talks to children at Kessler Elementary on Fort Stewart, Ga., March 9, as part of his battalion’s school partnership program.

FORT STEWART, Ga. – Instead of firing at the range or running drills, some soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, spent their day, March 9, with children at Kessler Elementary on Fort Stewart, Ga.

The soldiers helped present certificates at an awards ceremony, marched in a parade celebrating the National Education Association’s Read Across America program and assisted children with art projects in classrooms. The soldiers volunteered at the school as part of their battalion’s monthly visit with its partner school.

“The kids are … our future generation, and it feels really good to come out and set an example as soldiers,” said Spc. Jake L. Taylor, an infantryman with Company D, 3rd Bn., 15th Inf. Regt.

“My favorite part is getting to read to the kids because you can tell just by the way they act that they really look up to us and they really like it when we read to them,” the Tyler, Texas, native added.

In one classroom, soldiers assisted the students with drawing themselves as the profession they’d like to work in. Spc. John E. Randall, an infantryman with Company D, 3rd Bn., 15th Inf. Regt., accepted a challenge from the children to prove he could draw too.
“It’s pretty fun hanging out with all the kids, the Umatilla, Fla., native said. “A lot of them are awesome — [there are] a lot of young, great minds.”


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Date Taken:03.09.2012

Date Posted:03.09.2012 18:02

Location:FORT STEWART, GA, USGlobe

Hometown:WOBURN, MA, US

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