Fort McCoy News Nov. 24, 2017

Veterans Day 5k brings together

military, community members

On Nov. 9, personnel from Fort McCoy conducted the Veterans Day 5k run/walk in Tomah, Wis.

Members from throughout the armed forces and local communities came together to honor veterans during the run.
This event was coordinated by 1st Battalion, 310th Brigade Engineer Battalion, part of the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade (MFTB), and was hosted by the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Despite cold and snowy weather, almost 450 people participated in the 5k run, which was preceded by an awards ceremony and comments by Lt. Col. Arieyeh J. Austin, commander for the 1st, 310th.

Soldiers with various units at Fort McCoy stand in formation prior to the start of the Veterans Day 5k run/walk Nov. 9 at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Soldiers with various units at Fort McCoy stand in formation prior to the
start of the Veterans Day 5k run/walk Nov. 9 at the Tomah Veterans
Affairs Medical Center.
Contributed photo

"Today is a day of tribute and of reflection but also, and perhaps most importantly, of celebration. Veterans Day is a triumph of all those who served and kept us free and continue to do so today," Austin said.

"It is important for us as a nation to both stop and reflect on all that has been achieved, and which could also still be lost," he said. "Working with, supporting, and empowering our local communities is what selfless service is all about. Fort McCoy and our Soldiers are proud of what we can achieve when provided an opportunity to do so. … Helping the community and our veterans, particularly as we approach the holiday season, is essential to the values we all hold dear."

Dozens of organizations participated in the event, including the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Eagle ROTC Battalion, Tomah High School track and cross-country teams, Tomah fire and police departments, Wisconsin Challenge Academy, Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell Noncommissioned Officer Academy, 86th Training Division, Fort McCoy Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and other units within the 181st MFTB.

The event was also supported by local veterans organizations, such as the Military Officers Association of America; Veterans for Foreign Wars; Team Red, White, and Blue; and American Legion.

   (Article prepared by the 1st Battalion, 310th Brigade Engineer Battalion and Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office.)