15th STB takes day to relax, have fun

Story by Sgt. Matthew C. Cooley
Photos by Cpl. Jessica Hampton
15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Texas — 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Soldiers and Family members participated in the unit’s organizational day June 26 at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area here.

There were activities for both children and adults including corn hole, volleyball, a dunk tank, human fly, basketball, big glove boxing, moonwalk, dominoes, card games, snow cones, music, horse shoes, tug-of-war, and a catered barbecue lunch.

“It’s nice to have a day off [with] free food, free drink [and] hang out,” Pfc. Devin Fuller, 263rd Maintenance Company, 15th STB, radar repair specialist said.

Fuller made snow cones with other Soldiers at the event and said that the waiting line for them was “ridiculous.”

“[That] tells you how hot it is,” he said of the over-100 degree temperature.

But the Texas heat didn’t stop the Wagonmasters from competing for the Wagonmaster cup.

The battalion’s units’ teams competed against each other in several sports such as volleyball and basketball, but the unit that had the most winning teams, A Company, won the overall competition and was awarded the Wagonmaster cup.      

Capt. Deveilla Lambert, training and school’s officer in charge and the event’s coordinator, said that the cup was in danger of being lost from the battalion.

The 263rd Maintenance Company, 289th Quartermaster Company, 565th Quartermaster Company, 80th Movement Control Team, 297th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, and 571st Movement Control Team were all scheduled to transfer under the authority of 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th ESC. Since the cup was intended to remain with the winning unit until the next such competition, the 15th STB’s other units might not have another chance to win it back, she explained.

This made the competition more exciting, Lambert said.

She also mentioned that the event served the dual purpose of thanking the Soldiers for their hard work and giving a proper send-off to the units transferring to 4th SB.

Sgt. Major Glendon Oakley, 15th SB support operations noncommissioned officer in charge, was one Soldier who took his children with him to the event.

He talked about the long hours Soldiers were working.

“You leave home when it’s dark and get home when it’s dark.

“I think there is a great opportunity to take a step back … and spend time with family.”

 

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Children of Soldiers participate in big glove boxing in an enclosed and inflated ring June 26 here at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area here as part of a 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), organizational day. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jessica Hampton, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Soldiers compete in a volleyball tournament June 26 here at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area here as part of a 15th STB organizational day. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Jessica Hampton, 15th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)