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Posted on: October 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Families get up-close look at their Soldiers’ annual training

Families get up-close look at their Soldiers’ annual training

As the 1st Battalion, 635th Armored Regiment worked to complete tasks for their upcoming deployment, the battalion invited families and Soldier support members to their annual training Sept. 16 at Fort Riley. Families were invited to the Digital Multi-Purpose Range Complex and Digital Multi-Purpose Training Range to observe training, spend time with their Soldier, and see the equipment their Soldiers train with and use on a daily basis to accomplish their mission.

“I saw senior leaders with families setting a strong example of fostering a positive, family focused culture for younger leaders,” said Sgt. 1st Class Skyler Cooper. “I saw young soldiers filled with pride as they showed their families the equipment and friends they have been working with. This was an important event to build esprit de corps and foster unity as we prepare for our upcoming deployment.”

“As a military family, we can sometimes feel left out of the world that our Soldier is in,” said Rachel Hernandez. “Family day helped to dissolve that wall for a bit, to let us see him in his element and with his unit. As a spouse it felt good to be seen and to watch my kid's excitement as they got to experience things up close that they’ve only heard about and seen pictures of. It was a beautiful day.”

Static displays of vehicles included the Abrams Main Battle Tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Hercules M88 Tank Recovery Vehicle and Palletized Loading System. Families were briefed by Soldiers on the vehicles’ capabilities and given an inside view of where their Soldiers work. As a climax to the event, the families were taken to the firing range complexes to see the Abrams and Bradley conduct live fire engagements. Families were also given time to sit down with and conduct Soldier Family Readiness Group training with the SFRG leadership team. This one-on one training was vital to spread the word and work that the SFRG offers to Soldiers and families during deployments.

“The laughter and smiles from these loved ones was so contagious that it’s hard to not appreciate the time that we are given to come and enjoy our Soldiers while they are training,” said Kati Streckfus. “It also reassures the Soldiers that their family members support them at every turn”

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