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Providers visit Belton Senior Activity Center

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August 15, 2013 | Leisure
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Spc. Raelysha Gray (left), a financial management technician, and Spc. Kathleen Hayashi (right), an intelligence analyst, both with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), assist a member of the Belton Senior Activity Center, Fae Janeway, to put on an interceptor body armor Aug. 8 in the parking lot of the center. The Soldiers were a group of six who visited with the seniors, showing them an HMMWV, allowing them to try on the heavy combat equipment and telling them about various experiences in the Army. Belton is a partner city of the 13th ESC. Soldiers from the unit participate in various visits and events within the city throughout the year and said they’d volunteer at the center again if given the chance. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC Public Affairs
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Capt. Monika Comeaux, the public affairs officer for the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), presents Elaine Murray, the director of the Belton Senior Activity Center, with a certificate of appreciation Aug. 8 at the center in Belton. The Citizens for Soldiers group at the senior center sends care packages and prayer cards to deployed Soldiers. The certificate of appreciation serves as a small token of thanks for all the support the 13th ESC received from the center during their last deployment to Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kucera, 13th ESC Public Affairs
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Clarice Wick, 92, a member of the Belton Senior Activity Center, proudly wears an interceptor body armor and a helmet Aug. 8 during a visit from Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), outside the center in Belton. Wick said she never thought the equipment Soldiers had to carry was so heavy. She said she was amazed how happy the Soldiers seemed to be home, and hoped they won’t have to deploy any time soon. Capt. Monika Comeaux, 13th ESC Public Affairs
BELTON - Six Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), visited the Belton Senior Activity Center Aug. 8.

The city of Belton is partnered with the unit and Soldiers are involved in various activities with the locals throughout the year.

During this particular visit, the troops brought a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle to show the elderly, allowed them to try on body armors and helmets, shared deployment stories and also recognized the center for their support during the unit’s last deployment to Afghanistan.

The Citizens for Soldiers group in the center works tirelessly to send care packages, cards and prayer cards to Fort Hood’s deployed personnel. The Soldiers presented the center with certificates of appreciation for the support the 13th ESC received while downrange.

“I help … with … (the) cards whenever I can; we write to you all the time,” said Clarice Wick, 92, who has been visiting the center regularly for the past two years. She said she loved the chance to meet with the Soldiers and see their gear up close.

“I tried on that vest and never thought it was that heavy. I don’t know how you can do it, be out there and carry all that equipment, especially the women,” she added.

World War II veteran mortar man John Hickerson, 92, thought the visit was interesting. “I still remember the helmets and uniforms we wore. Of course we did not have anything heavy like that. The heaviest we had to carry was mortar shells.”

The visit “was a lot of fun,” said Spc. Kathleen Hayashi, an intelligence analyst with HHC, 13th ESC. “We got to talk a lot with people who are putting together the care packages and they wanted to know what it is that Soldiers would like to receive,” Hayashi said, adding that she was amazed at “how much work they actually do and how much they actually care about getting troops a little bit of home.”

Hayashi and her fellow Soldiers all stated that they would volunteer if the opportunity arises to visit with the senior activity center again.
 
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