|95th CAB (A) activities boost Soldiers' spirits for the holidays|
By Sgt. Jongsu Oh
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 18, 2012) – “The Army is a Family, and Families take care of each other,” said Spc. Kamal Bassi, information systems technician from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne). “That’s why we encourage Soldiers to participate in the events going on this holiday season, so they know that they aren’t alone and have so many other people to depend on.”
Bringing the troops and Families together started November 16-21, when teams representing the brigade headquarters and its five battalions, along with hundreds of their fans, met up at Ritz-Epps and Pope Fields, to cheer or weep as the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) emerged and raised the annual Turkey Bowl trophy for the third time.
On Dec. 7, Soldiers from the brigade headquarters and headquarters company left their regular Army physical training uniforms at home. Instead, they donned their Santa, elf, and Tinker Bell apparel as they pranced in the early morning darkness, bringing some holiday cheer to the hundreds of other Fort Bragg Soldiers on company runs up and down Ardennes Street.
The holiday spirit continued into that afternoon. Santa made an early visit to Fort Bragg’s Dragon Lanes Bowling Center, where the brigade headquarters and its 96th CA B (A) jointly hosted a Christmas party for about 300 Soldiers and Family Members.
Dec. 11 marked the last brigade prequel to holiday season, as more than a hundred brigade Soldiers joined many hundreds of other U.S. and non-U.S. Soldiers for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command’s annual toy drive, the Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, at Luzon Drop Zone in Camp MacKall.
"It's a really special event," said Spc. Josemary Tumaquip, human resources specialist from 92nd Civil Affairs Battalion (A). "I believe my unit and the brigade are trying to get these kids to see that a lot of other children are not as blessed and not as fortunate, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. They are seeing that they can really make a difference and make someone's Christmas a little bit better.”
“The holiday season is a time to bolster the spiritual, social and emotional dimensions of Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, especially the social dimension. You’re bringing the brigade together as a Family,” said Maj. Douglas Hoover, brigade chaplain. “Soldiers not going home for the holidays can strengthen those connections as well, in spending time with other Soldiers.”
“I love the holidays!” Hoover continued. “They are all about being connected with others – whether those connections are with God, family, friends, the local community, the unit or any and all combinations. We are happiest and healthiest when connected with others, when we know we belong to something bigger than just ourselves.”