News: Third Army personnel office hosts Fiesta Day
Story by Cpl. Christopher Calvert
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – The Third Army personnel office hosted the first ever Fiesta Day here July 30.
Fiesta Day consisted of a team building sporting event followed later in the day with an awards and recognitions ceremony. The event was held as a means of boosting morale, encouraging teamwork and esprit de corps.
More than 40 soldiers participated in the festivities, which kicked off with a competitive game of ultimate Frisbee. Later in the day, a ceremony took place where birthday recognitions were given, several soldiers were awarded Certificates of Appreciation for excellent Army Physical Fitness Training scores, and all Soldiers had the opportunity to feast on freshly cooked barbecue cuisine.
“Fiesta Day went very well,” said Staff Sgt. Chasity K. Anderson, Third Army personnel office and Jackson, Miss. native. “The event lifted morale, as we’ve been away from our families for extended periods of time. We had great competition and great teamwork; it brought us together as a family.”
Due to the success of the event, the Third Army personnel office plans on hosting Fiesta Day the last Saturday of every month for the next year.
“Having this event every month gives us something to look forward to,” Anderson added. “We set the standard very high this month.”
Spc. Aaron S. Leeds, Third Army personnel office and Vine Grove, Ky. native, was awarded the Army Achievement Medal during the ceremony for winning Soldier of the Quarter Competition Board for Third Army.
“I want to thank everyone who helped me prepare for the competition,” stated Leeds. “It was my NCOs who helped me study an hour or so after work every day to make it this far and be successful.”
As Fiesta Day came to a conclusion, and soldiers walked away with full stomachs and smiles across their faces, Malissa St. John, a civilian personnel accounting liason for the Third Army personnel office and Washougal, Wash. native, was given a farewell award for her outstanding service to soldiers over the last year.
“The best part of my deployment was having the chance to be around so many great young men and women,” St. John mentioned. “I’m happy to be going home, but I’m sad to be leaving the soldiers.”
Third Army’s commitment to the well-being of its troops remains a priority. Through continual morale-building events such as Fiesta Day, Third Army is helping soldiers, the strength of our nation, to shape the future throughout the Middle East.