News: 13th ESC soldiers visit Marlin Elementary students
Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson
MARLIN, Texas – Soldiers from the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) took time out of their busy schedules to visit several students and potential future soldiers at Marlin Elementary School in Marlin, Texas, Jan. 25.
Master Sgt. Humberto Flores and Sgt. 1st Class John West, retention noncommissioned officers with 13th ESC, were invited to speak to the students about what a soldier does, a standard day for soldiers at Fort Hood, and also opportunities available to soldiers in the Army.
Kenda Wornat, the afterschool program manager for Communities in Schools in Marlin, Texas, said she contacted Fort Hood through an online search tool to request the visit and said the excitement of the 13th ESC to visit helped make the coordination easier.
She said she wanted the kids to see the different career paths available to them. It’s was also important for the students to see the importance of making good decisions and how those decisions could affect them later in life, even though they’re still in elementary school.
Flores said he enjoyed talking to the children and he hoped they were able to get as much out of the experience as “It’s an honor for me to be able to go out and talk to the kids, share my experience with the military and answer any questions about the military they had,” said Flores. “I think the kids really enjoyed it. The kids got a lot of questions answered about the military and have a better understanding of how we operate, our appearance and how we operate within the community.”
Although opportunities such as this are great to help build and maintain civil partnerships with the surrounding communities of Fort Hood, the young students, and leaders of tomorrow, are the true victors in this as they are reminded from a soldier the importance of hard work, studying and maintaining good grades in school.
“The most important thing I hope the children take out of today is the importance of sticking to school and studying,” said Wornat, “and some of the different career paths that they are looking for, you can still do some of those things in the Army as well, as an alternative career opportunity.”