06 November 2014

Photo by Walter Orellana, USAMRMC - Lt. Col. Katherine Bruch and Maj. Nancy Heath from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command joined in the Halloween fun during the Trunk or Treat event held Oct. 23 behind Fort Detrick’s Odom Fitness Center.
Trunk or Treat...Halloween is Spooky and Sweet!
By The USAMRMC Family Readiness Group

Halloween candy, costumes, decorated trunks and face painting were all part of the first ever U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Family Readiness Group Trunk or Treat event. The USAMRMC and Headquarters Company and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases hosted more than 75 Soldiers and family members at the gathering. Spooky skeletons, Little Red Riding Hood, Spider Lady and, of course, characters from “Frozen” spent the evening happily haunting the parking lot behind the Odom Fitness Center Oct. 23.

The collaboration between the USAMRMC HHC and the USAMRIID FRGs was a huge success. Soldiers volunteered their time by offering face painting, running costume contests and coordinating a best decorated car award. Children were able to safely run free collecting candy and being spooked by the haunted cars.

Having a safe, family-friendly Halloween event was important to the FRGs.

“We want to provide our Soldiers and families activities that will enhance the esprit-de-corps on this small installation. With the success of one event, we are hopeful that by providing fun events and activities, we will be able to better support our community,” said Capt. Kathryn Repucci, the USAMRMC Headquarters company commander.

The Family Readiness Group is a command-sponsored organization of family members, volunteers, Soldiers and civilian employees who are associated with a unit. The group hosts activities and supports military and Department of the Army civilian families while enhancing the flow of information and increasing the resilience of the unit and their families.

Individuals interested in volunteering or participating in their unit’s FRG should inquire with their unit’s command team.

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