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    Soldiers Take Part in Third Annual ASA-Black Sea Orthodox Easter Egg Hunt

    The 3rd Annual ASA- Black- Sea Orthodox Easter Egg Hunt

    Photo By Spc. Joshua Maxie | U.S. Army Soldiers, USO, and American Red Cross staff and volunteers attend the 3rd...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Joshua Maxie 

    22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   

    Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base (MKAB), Romania—The third Annual Army Support Activity (ASA)-Black Sea Orthodox Easter Egg Hunt was held here April 27, 2024, for local Romanian school children. This event was planned and coordinated to improve cultural and community relations with the local population around MKAB, and this year's event was larger than last year.

    “We have been organizing this event for the third time in a row”, said Oana Copaceanu, an ASA-Black Sea public affairs and community relations officer. “It's been an extremely successful event with the community loving it. They talked about it for a whole year after the last one. One thing that really caught my eye today was how many more children were here today compared to last year.”

    ASA-Black Sea maintains a team of dedicated Army professionals, who support mission partners and local communities in both Romania and Bulgaria. ASA-Black Sea strives to deliver world-class garrison services, while enabling readiness to meet the emerging requirements for permanent, rotational, allied, and expeditionary forces for a strong Europe.

    This year's Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the USO and American Red Cross staff with support from U.S. service member volunteers. Both organizations provide important services for U.S. military active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Department of Defense employees at military installations around the world.

    “Today, we are going to help facilitate the Easter egg hunt for the community right outside the base”, said Emily Craft, regional program specialist for the American Red Cross. "Our main focus is the service members assigned here; we support the local community by supporting the service members who contribute to the local community.”

    “I am here helping out with the USO and Red Cross with the Easter egg hunt,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Tidwell, a motor transport operator assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1221st Transportation from Dexter, Missouri. “I will be the one running around in the bunny outfit. I am just here to have a good time while helping with community growth.”

    Orthodox Easter is celebrated around this time of year in Romania, Bulgaria, and several countries in the region, and the date of celebration is based on a Julian calendar from the Roman Empire.

    “Today shows how we are committed to building relationships with the community,” said Copaceanu. “I think that really the best part of this event is that we are bringing the community together, we are showing them how much fun we can have. I think this is a great event.”

    V Corps has a permanent presence in Europe and is reinforcing its commitment to NATO with approximately 30,000 Soldiers assigned, rotational and support forces in nine countries with a majority alongside NATO Eastern flank. Rotational units in both the Baltic and Black Sea Regions demonstrate our unwavering commitment to NATO for collective defense and regional security.


    Date Taken: 05.04.2024
    Date Posted: 05.09.2024 09:42
    Story ID: 470503

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