The Wrangler Holiday Ball celebrates the season in style

By Sgt. Angiene Myers
Multimedia NCO
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — Club Hood was set to be a memorable occasion for the Soldiers of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) as they celebrated with a holiday ball on Dec. 17. Soldiers and their guest walked into a well decorated ballroom in high spirit, for a night of festivities and good food.

With units under the Wrangler brigade constantly deploying and redeploying, the holiday ball gave Soldiers the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of their fellow unit members and loved ones in a relaxed environment.

"I think anything that can get folks together to kick back and have fun is great," said Tish Hickey, wife of the Brigade Troops Battalion commander. "We're a nation at war so anytime we can come together, enjoy life and celebrate the great things they've done as a Wrangler team is truly great."

"The event is a morale booster. We get to see our NCOs hit the dance floor but at the same time we come together in unity as we're supposed to," said Sgt. Maria Gooding of the 157th Quartermaster Company. "We get to see our leaders, not just as Soldiers, but as actual human beings that can cut a rug just like us."

The theme of the night was the Year of the NCO which paid tribute to the noncommissioned officer corps by highlighting the lineage of the NCO and the significant roles they played throughout military history.

The guest speaker, Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur Coleman Jr., III Corps Command Sergeant Major applauded NCOs for their dedication to continuously being the "backbone of the Army" as he addressed the crowd.

"A system is not a system until a noncommissioned officer is in charge," said Coleman.

The commander of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, Col Ronald Kirklin said he wanted to make an impact with this event for his Soldiers and their families.

"I wanted everyone to take fellowship with each other from this event," said Kirklin. "They've been doing a great job supporting the unit and each other and I wanted everyone to have fun and relax."

"I think our Wrangler Pride is spreading and that is one of the things that I wanted to do upfront, not only me but the Command Sergeant Major and I, our goal was to spread that pride throughout this organization, and as we can see at this event, it's definitely there," Kirklin continued.

A lot of hard work went into preparing this event for the Soldiers and their guest and it showed. Members of the holiday ball committee worked diligently right up to the day of the event so Soldiers could experience a night of fun with their loved ones.

"I think the emphasis on Soldiers make sense. It's the Soldiers that are really the strength of our Army, and they're the strength of the Wrangler Brigade as well," said Tish. "So we need to provide for their needs and serve them. We need to show that we appreciate them and that we are here because of them."

"Everyone played an integral part in the success of the holiday ball. As with anything dealing with the military, it takes team work," said 2nd Lt. Tasha Akins, Brigade S1 Strength Manager. "We all pulled together and made it happen and I'm excited about the results. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of it, and we need to continue to do things like this in the future."

"I really enjoyed the meaningful parts of the night such as the table display for the fallen and the slideshow – they were all very special," said Jennifer Jackson.

The ball came to a close with a local DJ spinning the latest dance hits as everyone dance the night away. The Wrangler holiday ball included: a punch bowl ceremony, unit skits, dinner and music.

"The Soldiers made this a success because they enjoyed themselves and that's what I really wanted to see as a commander," said Kirklin. "I also wanted to see the families enjoying themselves and they did. The entire Wrangler team made this event a success."

"I hope our Soldiers have a happy and very safe holiday season, and they enjoy their families and each other," concluded Kirklin.

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Fort Hood, Texas — Soldiers and their guests dance at the 4th Sustainment Brigade Holiday Ball Dec. 17. A local DJ provided dance music following the opening speeches, skits and dinner.
(U.S. Army photo by PV2 Amy M. Lane)

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Fort Hood, Texas — Soldiers perform a skit in which Santa's Elf Platoon gets smoked at the 4th Sustainment Brigade Holiday Ball Dec. 17.
(U.S. Army photo by PV2 Amy M. Lane)


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Fort Hood, Texas — Guest speaker for the 4th Sustainment Brigade's Holiday Ball Dec. 17, III Corp. Command Sergeant Major Arthur Coleman, shakes hands with the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Chaplain, Cpt. Khemes Lands.
(U.S. Army photo by PV2 Sean McGuire)

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Fort Hood, Texas — On the night of the 4th Sustainment Brigade's Holiday Ball, the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Chaplain, Cpt. Khemes Lands who was the master of ceremonies for the night, entertains the crowd.
(U.S. Army photo by PV2 Sean McGuire)

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Fort Hood, Texas — 4th Sustainment Brigade's Commander, Col. Ronald Kirklin raises a boot filled with sand from Iraq and Afghanistan, which was the last ingredient for the Wrangler's Punch Bowl during the Dec. 17 Holiday Ball.
(U.S. Army photo by PV2 Sean McGuire)