62nd Engineer Soldiers help local foundation move

Story and photo by Sgt. Ann Venturato
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

About 10 Soldiers from the 62nd Engineer Battalion spent the afternoon Jan. 19 helping the Temple Military Family Foundation get ready to move from building 41008 to another building on post.

Julie Curtis-Winn, from the Temple Military Family Foundation, said she had just found out that morning that they were going to have to move soon because of building renovations. Curtis-Winn said the foundation knew they would have to be moving from their current building to a new location but hadn't been given a date until that day. Julie Curtis-Winn called our Battalion commander, Lt. Col. John Boule, and information was then passed down the chain to the companies, said Master Sgt. Christopher Nadeau, battalion operations NCO for 62nd Engineer Battalion.

"I just asked for volunteers," Nadeau said.

Soldiers were more than willing to help out.

"We are here to help you as much as possible," said Spc. Roshane Swift, in the Soldiers willingness to do their part to help the foundation.

"It was a good detail. Julie is a really sweet lady. It felt good to help her out too," said Spc. Nathaniel Chandler. "It was a hammerific experience."

Before the detail, Spc. Kathy Ramirez said she didn't know about all the Texas Military Family Foundation does for Soldiers here.

The Soldiers were able to help out a foundation that has done so much to help them out. Nadeau said the Temple Military Family Foundation has done for the 62nd Engineer Battalion by being for them at deployments and redeployments. When the Headquarters Support Company came back from a deployment to Alaska, the organization was there to organize a welcome home party for the Soldiers.

The Soldiers on the detail ended up doing a lot of little stuff such as inventorying stuff as well as packing boxes and dismantling and moving office furniture.

Although a majority of packing is done, the moving to a new location is still in works until a new location can be found for them. The foundation is still waiting for a DPW truck to move the stuff as well. So until then the foundation will continue to support the Soldiers at their current location while continuing to inventorying and boxing up supplies.

"I think it was great that even though they are packing up, they are still up and functioning," said Ramirez.


Spc Kathy Ramirez
Spc. Kathy Ramirez, Headquarters Support Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, tapes up a box of supplies at the Texas Military Family Foundation Jan. 19. Ramirez was one of 10 Soldiers from the 62nd Eng. Bn. who helped the Texas Military Family Foundation get set to move from their current location at building 41008 on post.