‘Hamilton’s Own’ participate in Molly Pitcher Day
Naya Bonasse, daughter of 1st Lt. Ariol Bonasse, executive officer, HHB, 1st Bn. 5th FA Regt., conducts a radio check Aug. 9, during Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio training at Molly Pitcher Day. Photo by: 1st Lt. Carl Brown, 1ST BN, 5TH FA REGT.
Story by: 1st Lt. Kenneth Brown, 1ST BN, 5TH FA REGT.
About 150 Family members and pets joined Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division to celebrate the inaugural Molly Pitcher Day Aug. 9 at Fort Riley.
"Molly Pitcher Day gives Families a chance to understand a little bit more about what their Soldiers do on a daily basis," said Lt. Col. Scott Nolan, commander, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt. "Soldiers tell their spouse what they do, but to actually see it, helps them understand it a little more."
Soldiers and Family members met at 6:30 a.m. in the battalion's motor pool, with everyone wearing the artillery red physical fitness shirts for the official start of Molly Pitcher Day and the Family Fun Run.
The purpose of the event was to recognize contributions of spouses and Families to the 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt. community.
After the run, Soldiers and Family members returned to the motor pool for a little PT.
"Being able to share this event with the entire Family, including pets, made this a rewarding experience for the whole Family," said Jaci Ivins, wife of Capt. William Ivins, commander, Battery A, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt.
Throughout the day, Families were able to view nine interactive displays, including a fire direction crew, maintenance repair system and a field ambulance.
At the small arms display, Soldiers showed Family members the fundamentals of marksmanship and explained the importance of good muzzle awareness.
Across the motor pool, children could be seen climbing in and out of various vehicles. One section gave children rides in the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, while the medics explained the placement of casualties in the back of a field litter ambulance.
The crackle of field radios could be heard around the motor pool, accompanied by "Hello. Can you hear me now?" as children practiced their radio etiquette.
"Molly Pitcher Day is another way to celebrate and support the remarkable actions of Molly Pitcher and all women who support the Artillery community," said 1st Lt. Luke Johnson, plans officer, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., and an event organizer.
Molly Pitcher, a historical figure across the field artillery community was a part of a patriotic group of women who volunteered to carry water onto the battlefield.
"This was a great opportunity for the Families to see the guns and other equipment up close in person," said Sgt. Casey McGee, section chief, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt.