Story and photos by: SGT Jerry Wilson
2SCR Public Affairs


2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Public Affairs Office
Vilseck, Germany

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Tis the Season to Give: Troopers from FIRES Squadron of the 2d Cavalry Regiment collect donated food items during the Squadrons first Giddy Up for Giving 5K Run/Walk held Friday, Nov. 18 at Rose Barracks. Donations collected will be distributed to families in need throughout the Regiment.

Vilseck, Germany – Troopers and families from FIRES Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment gathered at Memorial Park Friday morning Nov. 18th to kick off the holiday season with a friendly run to promote the giving spirit.

The Giddy Up For Giving 5K Run/Walk is an event [in] which participants donated canned food items for distribution to Soldiers and families in need throughout the Regiment. The purpose of this drive is to help take some stress off young Soldiers with families during the holidays.

According to Staff Sgt. Bryon Allen, one of the many volunteers at the food collection point, the response from around the Squadron was amazing.

“We collected over 2,000 cans and all the Troops haven’t checked in yet,” he said. “The response has been better than we could have imagined.”

For Allen, like many other Noncommissioned Officers believe these type of events are a vital part in taking care of Soldiers and their families.

“I remember back when I was a Private – help like this was needed.” Staff Sgt. Bryon Allen said, “With four kids and without this kind of help Thanksgiving and Christmas would have been meager.”

Allen also commended the creators of the event saying they truly found the giving spirit.

“Whoever thought of this idea was thinking above and beyond him or herself,” Allen said. “You have to be thinking about what it would be like to be in the position to not have enough food to feed your family a proper dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas time.”

Acting FIRES Squadron Command Sgt. Major Stephen Browne was excited about the participation and support his Soldiers gave and urged them all to continue to keep that spirit throughout the Holiday Season.

“Don’t think about the holidays as just time off work,” he said, “think about giving back to those who need it.”

Browne urged anyone still interested in donating to the canned food drive to contact the FIRES Squadron Chaplain’s office.

Man’s Best Friend: Capt. Ian Moore crosses the finish line with his four-legged coach during the FIRES Squadron Giddy Up for Giving 5K Run/Walk held Friday, Nov. 18 at Rose Barracks. Moore and his dog took first place in the top runner/pet category with a time of 19:38.

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