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    Warrior battalion partners with local community

    Warrior battalion partners with local community

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Reginald Graddy | Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Martin, 1-335th Operations Battalion, 205th Infantry Brigade,...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Elizabeth Brown 

    205th Infantry Brigade, First Army, Division East

    FRANKLIN, Ind. – Over the pasts few weeks, the 1-335th Operations Battalion, 205th Infantry Brigade, partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help build a house in the neighboring community of Edinburgh.

    Capt. Chad Daniels from the Warrior Battalion coordinated several community projects with Lee Ann Wilbur, executive director of the Johnson County Habitat for Humanity, involving soldiers within the 205th Infantry Brigade.

    “I just contacted LeAnn Wilbur via email and then we talked by phone,” said Daniels. “I told her our battalion was interested in partnering with habitat for future projects. She gave us a couple smaller projects earlier in the year and then hooked us up with the Edinburgh build.”

    Within the past several months, the Warrior Battalion traveled to surrounding communities around Camp Atterbury to help make a difference in these communities.

    “I am a big believer in being involved with the community in which we live and work,” said Daniels. “The greater Indianapolis area is a huge supporter of our soldiers and volunteering for community projects such as Habitat allows us to work side by side with those community members who are constantly thanking us for what we do.”

    Daniels is not the only soldier who believes in giving back to the community.

    “This is the second project that I have volunteered for with Habitat,” said Sgt.1st Class Nathanial Hanrahan. “I do this because it's for a good cause and with the slower operation tempo at Camp Atterbury I have the time to give back to the community I live in.”

    In the past, members of 1-335th have volunteered for food drives, fund raisers and house builds. They have also worked with Servant’s Heart of Indy assisting families that struggle to make ends meet, local dog shelters, and were involved in the massive search for a missing Indiana University student.

    Their last project with Habitat for Humanity included several members of the Warrior Battalion initiating a cleanup project on a lot located in Franklin, Ind., that was donated to Habitat for Humanity.

    One of their latest projects to date is assisting with the building of a new home in the Edinburgh, Ind., neighborhood for Laura Deloach and her two children.

    Deloach never imagined this could happen to her. After she moved into her parent’s house before going back to college, her parents approached her with the idea to apply for a Habitat house.

    “My parents convinced me to apply because I never thought I would get approved for a Habitat house,” she said. When Habitat called me and said I was approved, I ran through the house screaming.”

    The 1-335th Operations Battalion, along with other members of the 205th Infantry Brigade, Camp Atterbury Installation soldiers, and community volunteers, helped install drywall and siding, paint the inside and outside of the house, and assisted with the installation of cabinets, carpets, and wiring.

    Once the house is complete, the soldiers and other volunteers will help with area beautification, and plant grass, trees, and bushes.

    Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Martin was one of the first Soldiers on the volunteer list.

    “I feel great about it. I feel that it’s a great opportunity to give back to the community for all that they have done in supporting Soldiers.”



    Date Taken: 08.23.2011
    Date Posted: 08.29.2011 09:57
    Story ID: 76117
    Location: CAMP ATTERBURY, IN, US 

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