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Touching a heart can make all the difference

Touching a heart can make all the difference
Sgt. Vincent R. Byrd, 2nd BCT, 1st AD
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POSTED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:35pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 26, 2013 - 10:36pm

The halls were full of smiling faces and happy hearts, April 6, as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, in partnership with Sierra Providence children’s hospital, held its 5th annual Touch a Tank event.

The activities available this year were a dog tag station, an obstacle course, face painting and a night-vision goggle scavenger hunt.

“To see the smiles on children’s faces warms my heart. I have kids, so I can relate with parents here today,” said Staff Sgt. Dedric Gates, with Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

“Also, this gives children the opportunity to see Soldiers up close,” said Nancy AramBasick executive director of Providence children’s hospital.

The purpose of Touch a Tank is to provide an opportunity for young patients who are normally hospital-bound or home-bound to have an exciting and fun learning experience with some of the latest equipment in the Army inventory.

“The partnership has been outstanding with 2nd Brigade Combat Team. We are committed to provide world-class healthcare and it’s a privilege to work with world-class Soldiers,” said Eric Evans, Sierra Providence Health Network chief executive officer.

Altogether, the 2nd BCT, 1st AD has donated more than 300 hours of volunteer time. With a demanding training cycle, the brigade continues to strive to be good neighbors and positive role models within the El Paso community by taking every opportunity to participate in local events and organizations.

“What the staff here at the hospital achieve and what we do as soldiers is a calling,” said Col. Thomas Dorame, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. 

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