Wranglers Remember the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Pfc. Sean McGuire
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — The 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) came together Jan. 14 to honor the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a prayer breakfast inside the Freeman Dining Facility.

Starting at seven in the morning, hundreds of Soldiers formed a line outside the chow hall. Capt. Mark Lee, Brigade Troops Battalion chaplain, gave an invocation in the fading darkness as one-by-one people entered the building for breakfast. He summoned the prayer himself with the help of his wife's editing, he joked.

Throughout the morning Wrangler Soldiers expressed their feelings about a man recognized yearly as one of the most important social leaders in U.S. history. Spc. Rachael Costly, 289th Quartermaster Company, opened the prayer breakfast by reading an essay focusing on equal opportunity.

Staff Sgt. Shemeka Gulley paid tribute by singing 'We Shall Overcome.'

"His legacy for me is that my children have a better life. There are so many more opportunities now," said Gulley. "We recognized his role as a reverend and his teachings of peace; this prayer breakfast was especially befitting."

In a skit that took place later, Staff Sgt. Anthony Johnson played the role of Dr. King in reading portions of the famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail." King wrote the letter back in 1963 – five years before his assassination in Memphis, Tenn.

The direction of the ceremony took an inspirational turn when Pfc. Fadiah Coombs performed what she called a 'Praise Dance' that took her to all corners of the main room.

"The thing I loved about him the most was his way of resolving issues peacefully," said Sgt. Maria Gooding, a team leader for the 157th Quartermaster Company. "He never raised a fist. For him to do that in the times he lived in, with so much violence and hate, was incredible."

With both the battalion and brigade level command on hand, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion chaplain, Capt. Khemes Lands did his best to maintain the theme the prayer breakfast established in reciting a sermon of King's.

Lands continually asked the crowd, "Have we arrived, or is there still work to do?" He listed examples of troubles in our nation, from fatherless homes, to those on welfare, and Lands continually emphasized that there is still work to do.

"Do not let Dr. King be in vain. If you ask me – let's go to work," said Lands.

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Staff Sgt. Anthony Johnson, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) read portions of the famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail" as he played the part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a skit at the Wrangler Brigade's Prayer Breakfast Jan. 14 at the Freeman Dining Facility.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Staff Sgt. Shemeka Gulley, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) sang 'We Shall Overcome' during the Wrangler Brigade's Prayer Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Freeman Dining Facility Jan. 14.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Spc. Rachel Costly, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) read her essay titled 'Equal Opportunity' at the Wrangler Brigade's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 14 at the Freeman Dining Facility.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

 

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FORT HOOD, Texas — Soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) filled their stomachs and mind at the Wrangler Brigade's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 14 in the Freeman Dining Facility.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — A choir sings for Soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at the Wrangler Brigade's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 14 in the Freeman Dining Facility.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — The line of Soldier waiting to enter the Freeman Dining Facility stretched more than a football field in length as they waited for the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast Jan. 14.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sean McGuire)