2-1st ADA Battalion holds family day on Camp Carroll
CAMP CARROLL, South Korea — Soldiers and family members from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment “Guardians” participated in Family Guardian Day here to maximize warrior and family readiness on April 19.
A 2-1st ADA NCO and daughter hug at the photo shoot at the family day. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shaun A. Dillon, 2-1st Air Defense Artillery Public Affairs. The day kicked off early with a two-mile Family Fun Run followed by Annual Best Battery Award ceremony and other activities at the 2-1st ADA motor pool.
Baby carriages were pushed at the back of the formation and kids ran singing along with the cadences.
“I didn’t want to wake up so early in the morning to go running with daddy, but once I started running I had a great time singing with my dad,” said a young boy that participated in the run.
There were loud cheers from the families as Alpha Battery dominated, winning majority of the awards for the third consecutive year and holding the title Best Patriot Battery.
Sgt. Brian Krokey, a Patriot launcher section sergeant with Alpha Battery 2-1st ADA, recently joined the unit and takes great pride being part of the “Assassins.”
“Even though I have been with the unit for a short period of time, I am happy that I can bring my skill set to the unit and contribute in something already great,” said Krokey.
The Family Readiness Group help serve lunch, consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, Korean barbeque, drinks and pasta salad to the attendees.
Capt. Tyler Bryant, a battalion operations battle captain, coordinated the Guardian Day.
Activities included a bounce castle for the children, a photo shoot opportunity area with the Patriot equipment, chemical suits and masks for families to try on as well as demonstrations involving the Patriot missile systems themselves.
“It was imperative … for family members to see what Soldiers do on a daily basis with the Patriot and small arms equipment,” said Bryant. “We wanted to give the families a chance to experience a day in the life of Soldiers working.”
“With the bounce castle it was a melding of everyone idea’s in the [operations shop] to keep the children entertained while families could enjoy the other activities and events that are more adult oriented,” said Bryant.
Many parents of the air defenders were present and got to see their Soldiers conduct the precise maneuvers necessary to reload the Patriot missile launchers using a crane.
“The Family Day event was a great day, the sun was out, the skies were clear, the weather was perfect,” said Bryant. “Family members got to come out and saw what their spouses do at work every day and we hope to do more of them in the future.”