Fort Detrick, in partnership with several community volunteers, civic organizations, and local businesses, hosted the fourth annual Wounded Warrior BBQ at Nallin pond. More than 400 people came out to meet the Service Members and enjoy a day of perfect weather. Socializing, great food and music, face painting, moon bounces, pony rides, antique Motel T cars, a Light Armored Vehicle, motorcycles, fresh squeezed lemonade, iced tea and cold beverages made the event memorable for guests of all ages.
"We were very fortunate to have the Doc Bodine Blues Band there to perform," said Baker, Chief of Community Operations and Recreation at Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. "They were an absolute hit!" Guests also celebrated the United States Army's 237th birthday with a cake cutting by the Garrison Commander, Colonel Allen J. Darden.
Colonel Darden emphasized the importance that this event has on the military family and the importance of never forgetting the sacrifices made by our Veterans and their families. He commended the group about their patriotism and support for this event as he gave a word of thanks to all who attended.
The Korean War Veterans Association (Chapter #142) provided the Honor Guard for posting the National Colors.
Members of The Navel Sea Cadets volunteered to assist with traffic and parking control, helped set up of moon bounces, and worked to keep the grounds clean and free of litter during and after the event.
"These cadets were wonderful, very helpful, polite, and excited to be part of this event." Baker said.
Sponsors for the event included the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate, the Maryland Cattleman's Association Barley and Hops, Operations Second Chance, the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion from the United States Marine Corps reserve, The Johns Hopkins U.S. Family Health Plan, the Nam Nights Motorcycle Club, PNC Bank, the Girls Scouts of America, Enterprise Rental Car, and the Fort Detrick Alliance.
"It was a great team effort by all is reflective of the garrison's mission of "One Team - One Mission" said Deb Daubenhauser, director of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.