Wranglers Get MADD and Make-A-Difference

Sgt. Angiene Myers
Multimedia NCO
4th Sustainment Brigade

Killeen, Texas — Wranglers assigned to the 157th Quartermaster Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade supported the national Make-A-Difference Day by adopting the Killeen Mothers-Against Drunk Driving organization.

MADD, a 90 percent volunteer driven organization was founded in 1980 and has a three-part mission: stop drunk driving, serve victims of drunk driving, and prevent underage driving.

As a part of the Make-a-Difference Day, Soldiers stopped by several memorial sites along roads to replace crosses that have been damaged by weather conditions, repaint the ones that loss their color, and place flowers in memory of the individuals who lost their lives to drunk driving.  

Katarina Martinez, an administrative assistant with MADD was very pleased to see Soldiers taking time out of their weekend to come out and offer support to the organization.

“I was really excited when I saw they adopted my program. I’ve only lived in Killeen for two years and it’s nice to see Soldiers want to work within the community,” said Martinez.

“Unfortunately I see a lot of private’s that come to my Alcohol Awareness Education for Minors so I think it awesome to see Soldiers come out and be a part of stopping drunk driving and preventing underage drinking,” she continued.

At the forefront of the unit’s Make-A- Difference Day was Spc. Maria Gooding, a native of Barbados currently assigned to the 157th Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Service Support Battalion.

Gooding talked to her company commander, Capt. John Johnston about getting involved with the national day of giving back to the community, and he gave her a full list of organization that needed support. MADD was on the list of organizations and they haven’t been adopted by a unit on post.

“I like to help people, it’s just my nature. I guess it’s because I’m a Christmas baby. I like to give, give, and give,” said Gooding.

“I have my 13-year old with me. I like to teach her the value of giving because it doesn’t just look good but it makes you feel good too,” she said.

“It feels good knowing that you help somebody in the time that you have here on earth,” said Gooding. “If you didn’t make a difference in somebody’s life, you didn’t have a purpose”


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KILLEEN, Texas — Soldiers with the 157th Quartermaster Company, 4th Sustainment Brigade repaint a cross signifying a lost life due to drunk driving that had been damaged by weather conditions along the side of the road in Killeen.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angiene Myers)

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KILLEEN, Texas — Soldiers with the 157th Quartermaster Company replace an old cross with a new one at a memorial site set up by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angiene Myers)