US Army, Salvation Army team up

by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson

p>Fort Hood Soldiers conducted a community service project at the Salvation Army Thrift Store on 801 East Rancier Avenue Nov. 17.

Soldiers of 3rd Platoon, 13th Chemical Company, 2nd Chemical Battalion, 13th Corps Support Command cleaned up and organized the storage area of the store.

"We moved furniture; organized and sorted clothes, books and other items throughout the store. We also helped by cleaning and organizing a storage area about the size of two garages," said 1st Lt. Gary Ward, 3rd Platoon Leader.

Ward said his Soldiers were really excited about the project for a variety of reasons that ranged from getting out of the motor pool to the satisfaction of making a difference in the community.

"The whole platoon's here," said Spc. Lu Liang, a chemical operations specialist, "It's definitely worth spending some time here helping out. Everybody is happy to do this."

Pfc. Brandon C. Gradney, a chemical operations specialist, said, "I'm really glad we're doing this. It's nice to do something for the community, because the community supports us Soldiers."

"The Soldiers were able to share skills, build community relations, help others and demonstrate commitment to a cause that needs help," said Ward.


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Sgt. Michael Platisa, a Biological Integrated Detection Systems assistant team leader in 13th Chemical Company, 2nd Chemical Battalion, 13 Corps Support Command, hands a box to Sgt. Omar Carillo, also a BIDS assistant team leader with 13th Chem at a Salvation Army Thrift Store Nov. 17.