1st Med Bde sponsors fun walk

Story and Photos by Sgt. Joel F. Gibson
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) PAO

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) sponsored a 5 kilometer fun walk event 8 a.m. Saturday starting at the 13th SC(E) gym.

Soldiers and family members from all around Fort Hood participated in the walk called, “Walk This Way,” by the event staff.

Spc. Rachel King, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers president for the 13th and 1st MB, coordinated the event with the help of other 1st MB single Soldiers.

“We couldn’t have pulled this walk off without Specialist King,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Stuart, 1st MB Command Sergeant Major.

Retired Master Sgt. Rene Howard said she participated in the fun walk because a friend of hers signed her up.

“I just read about it on Phantom Distro and thought it sounded like fun,” said Sgt. Philomena Ned, a fuel handler with Rear Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and the friend who signed Howard up.

Other participants joined the fun to support their unit.

“My husband is the (Headquarters and Headquarters Company) commander, so I brought my mom and my daughter to support the team,” said Vickey Kiraly, wife of Capt. John Kiraly commanding officer of HHC, 1st MB.

The reasons for participation didn’t stop at fun and supporting the team.

1st Lt. Ronnie Hill, company commander of 582nd Medical Logistics Company, 36th Medical Battalion, 1st MB, participated in the fun walk, “to train for the Expert Field Medic Badge and support the sergeant major.”

The EFMB evaluation Hill is training for starts October 15 and culminates in a timed 12-mile road march. Hill participated in the fun walk with a rucksack loaded with the full packing list for EFMB and a 5-pound hand weight representing an unloaded M16.

Before the walk kicked off, the staff conducted a safety briefing, and Millie Land, a personal trainer at Abrams Fitness Center here gave a motivational speech to the walkers.

“It’s been proven that walking burns more fat than running,” said Land.

“It’s fun, and you get in shape while having fun,” continued Land, “Anyone can do it, you don’t have to train for it, you just do it.”

The 1st MB team provided prizes to the top three walkers in the male, female, and child categories.

The first male to finish was Staff Sgt. Brian Sauerbry, a medical maintenance noncommissioned officer with HHD, 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, with a time of 34:33.

The top placing female walker was Master Sgt. Christine Williams, an operations NCO with the 61st MMB, who finished with her daughter Darien, 13, who took top honors in the children’s category.

It was a good time,” said Sauerbry, “I’d rather run than walk, but I’d definitely do another walk.”

Command Sgt Maj Kevin Stuart
Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Stuart, 1st MB Command Sergeant Major leads the way at the start of the "Walk This Way," 5K fun walk here Saturday.

Akyahh Ledbetter
Akyahh Ledbetter, 5, daughter of Sgt. Andrena Ledbetter, a medical specialist with A Company, 21st Combat Support Hospital, rides her bike during the "Walk This Way," 5K fun walk here Saturday.

 

Retired Master Sgt Rene Howard and Sgt Philomena Ned
Retired Master Sgt. Rene Howard and Sgt. Philomena Ned, a fuel handler with Rear Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, participate in the 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) sponsored 5K fun walk here Saturday.

1st Lt Ronnie Hill
1st Lt. Ronnie Hill, company commander of 582nd Medical Logistics Company, 36th Medical Battalion, 1st MB, participates in the "Walk This Way," 5K fun walk here Saturday. Hill used the fun walk as training for the Expert Field Medic Badge evaluation he will be attending October 15.

Rachel King, Leida Rodriguez, Vickey and Zoe Kiraly
Rachel King, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers president for the 13th and 1st MB, registers Leida Rodriguez, Rodriguez's daughter Vickey Kiraly, and Kiraly's daughter Zoe, 11, for the "Walk This Way," 5K fun walk here Saturday.