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    Fort Hood Troopers Lead Autism Awareness Car Show

    Fort Hood Troopers Lead Autism Awareness Car Show

    Photo By Sgt. Calab Franklin | Staff Sgt. Dustin Klein (right), Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Cantrell (middle), and Sgt....... read more read more

    Story by: Sgt. Calab Franklin, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

    BELTON, TEXAS – Among the ranks of nearly forty thousand Troopers stationed at Fort Hood, three Soldiers in-particular took time out of their weekends to lead the Annual Autism Awareness Car Show, Belton, Texas, July 31, 2021.

    Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Cantrell and Sgt. 1st Class Donald Harrison, both Troopers in 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, as well as Staff Sgt. Dustin Klein with 215th Brigade Support Battalion, took their love for cars as well as for their community and turned it into something bigger than themselves. The car show raised awareness for those with autism as well as money for multiple organizations who provide support for people with Autism.

    “We decided to come together as a car group to host something that gives back to the community,” said Cantrell. “Especially a non-profit organization who deals with children on the spectrum of autism and Asperger’s; those Families need help.”

    The show was hosted at the Belton VFW Post No. 1820 and consisted of raffles, donations, merchandise tables, and more. Rows and rows of classic and modern modified vehicles filled the VFW parking lot for Families, friends, and enthusiasts to admire.

    “This is a feeling of accomplishment and giving back to the community,” said Kline. “The fact that the community can show up for one cause on a short notice is really amazing.”

    The Troopers who organized the event did so outside of their chain of command’s influence. These Troopers want people to know that they really care about their community and those who live in it.

    “Fort Hood is strong out here, we talk about some of the recent events that happen at Fort Hood and we think about it like this: Let’s take time to shine some light on some of the positive things Soldiers do,” said Cantrell.

    For the last year units across Fort Hood have taken the Army’s People First Initiative to a whole other level. Now it is proving to extend from training and is making its way to the community through the hearts and minds of the Soldiers.

    “People First is not just about being a Soldier,” said Cantrell. “It is also about extending that influence beyond for the community and saying ‘Soldiers are out here doing the right thing, for the right reason, and for a good cause.'”



    Date Taken: 07.31.2021
    Date Posted: 08.03.2021 16:01
    Story ID: 402368
    Location: BELTON, TX, US 

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