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    Mother, Soldier, Hero

    Mother, Soldier, Hero

    Photo By Lt. Col. Brandon Mace | U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Claudia Martinez with the 4th Sustainment Command...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Brandon Mace 

    4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

    SAN ANTONIO, Texas – As a part of the National Read Across America initiative, Female Soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) read “Hero Mom,” by Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo, to children at Kinder Ranch Elementary, Mar. 10, 2017.
    Through the story presented in “Hero Mom” the Soldiers, who are each mothers with children at home, challenged the children to redefine and take ownership of the word hero as they think about what it takes to be heroic.
    “We wanted to celebrate Read Across America while educating the children about military life and the heroes who wear the uniform,” said Cristela Trevino, Child and Youth Services Command Specialist for the 4th ESC. “The story we selected describes the different roles of women in the Armed Forces comparing them to superheroes. Being a hero is not a one-time event or a single action, being a hero is a lifestyle that involves commitment.”
    After reading the story, the students made posters where they shared their new definitions of what it means to be a hero.
    “It is important for these kids to see heroes in the real world,” said Erin Heinz, kindergarten teacher at Kinder Ranch. “You don’t need magical powers or the ability to fly. If you work hard and are determined, you can be a hero too.”
    “It is really rewarding to come to schools and see how kids view Soldiers and moms that are Soldiers,” said Army Reserve Sgt. Claudia Martinez. “We not only have a job of being a Soldier but we are also moms. We have that connection with the kids.”
    The 4th ESC Child and Youth Services Office is continually looking for opportunities to support military children and educate their classmates about military life.
    “In my ten years as an educator, before I began working for the Army Reserve, I can recall inviting police officers and firefighters to inspire and read to children,” Trevino said. “Moving forward I would like to ensure that members of the Army Reserve and our military are represented in classrooms across San Antonio, Military City USA.”
    The 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) is made up of Soldiers, civilians and their families in units headquartered throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Their units are trained, ready and equipped to provide military and logistical support in any corner of the globe.



    Date Taken: 03.10.2017
    Date Posted: 03.10.2017 17:09
    Story ID: 226509
    Location: SAN ANTONIO, TX, US 

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