News: 13th ESC hosts Belton leaders
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Leaders of the 4th Sustainment Brigade and 13th Sustainment Command hosted a day’s worth of events for members of the Belton Chamber of Commerce, May 8. The idea was to incite interaction between the neighboring communities while also educating the visitors about the Army and “The Great Place.”
Col. Charles W. Kibben, the 13th ESC chief of staff, started off the day by welcoming the Belton visitors and by talking to them about Fort Hood and the unit's mission.
"We are just looking for an opportunity to interact with you," Kibben said. "You'll never find another organization, bar none, that is more willing to lend a hand to your community."
The visitors went on to visit the 180th Transportation Battalion's motor pool to view and learn about static displays featuring heavy equipment trucks and other vehicles utilized within the battalion.
After a stint at the 1st Cavalry Division museum the day was rounded off with a hail of simulated gun fire at the Engagement Skills Trainer, and a parting certificate of appreciation from Lt. Col. John Hickey, the 4th Sust. Bde.’s deputy commanding officer.
Hickey said the event worked as a special way to show appreciation for the Belton chamber of commerce’s support to his brigade’s deploying units over the years.
He said they have provided care packages, pictures, letters and a “sense of connection” with those efforts.
"Coming here allows us to see Fort Hood and how it impacts our community. We get a chance to learn and have fun while doing so," said Mark Arrazola, a program director for Leadership Belton, the program the various commerce members volunteered for.
Part of their 10-month program is Fort Hood day.
"This worked out great for me today," said Dr. Scott Moger, the director of student services for the Belton Independent School District. "I missed the military day visit in 2009 so being able to come and see Fort Hood was a blast."
Moger, a former airman in 1990s, said the most interesting part of his day was engaging targets at the EST on a squad automatic weapon.
Pat Watson shared that sentiment with Moger during her first trip to the base. Only for her, a chamber of commerce member, it was with a weapon on a larger scale.
"I loved being out on the EST lane. It was so cool shooting at targets and seeing exactly what I hit. But the .50-caliber machine gun was even better."
Date Posted:05.10.2012 12:04
Location:FORT HOOD, TX, US
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