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    Decorated Vehicles, Costumes, and Candy Bring Smiles to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Event



    Story by Pfc. Stefano Dabdoub-Olivera 

    7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    CAMP “BULL” SIMONS, FLORIDA - Candy-frenzied phantoms, princesses, wizards, and witches visited the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to see decorations, dress up in costumes, and receive treats during the annual “Trunk-or-Treat” event held at Camp “Bull” Simons, Eglin AFB, Florida, on Oct. 27, 2023.

    “Trunk or Treat” was a successful event that allowed service members and their families to make new friends while enjoying pumpkin decorating and face painting.

    “The event is to bring all the service members and their families together to celebrate the fall season as one big family; it’s really just to build camaraderie and bring everybody together,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Madeline Messare, the action officer for the event and 7th SFG (A) 2nd Battalion S-1 Officer in Charge.

    On the parade field, participants gathered to decorate their car trunks and military vehicles with various themes. Themes included a classic Mexican “Dia de Muertos” offering to late relatives and a satirical take on a well-known Chick-fil-A ad featuring two Dalmatian dogs dressed up as cows with a sign that read “Eat More Chicken.”

    “It’s a great event to give back to the families and to the kids who support service members all the time, to get them all together and show our support by putting on events like this,” said U.S. Army Capt. Robert Wendel, the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 7th SFG (A). “We always preach: ‘people first,’ that is why we do activities and events like this to give back to their families.”

    At the event, children went trick-or-treating at the elaborately decorated trunks and enjoyed jumping around in the bounce houses. They also formed lines at various booths to get balloon animals and have designs painted on their faces. Also, there was an obstacle course transformed into a haunted trail, and the night ended with families roasting marshmallows for s’mores by a bonfire, sharing stories, and looking forward to next year’s event.

    Events like this one strengthen the bonds within the unit and build memories to last a lifetime. As the laughter echoed across the parade field, it was clear this spooky celebration was a success.



    Date Taken: 10.27.2023
    Date Posted: 11.02.2023 12:10
    Story ID: 456974
    Location: FLORIDA, US

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