November 6, 2015

1916th Battalion’s Desert Warriors celebrate fall festival

Story and photos by Leslie Ozawa
Public Affairs Office
photo taking1
Friends take a moment to capture memories at the 1916th Support Battalion’s fall fest pumpkin patch photo studio.

On the late afternoon of Sept. 21, more than 300 Soldiers and family members of the 1916th Support Battalion and their kin took a break from training day 12 to celebrate their second fall festival at the battalion’s motor pool here.

“We perform excellently in NTC and during rotations, hands down, but this is about caring, not just talking, about showing families we care,” said Lt. Col. Marshanna Gipson, 1916th Battalion commander.

“I’m a true believer that you are not only the family you were born in, but the family you acquire along the way in life,” Gipson said. “It’s about taking every opportunity to chisel out some time, to show we care. That’s how we make more resilient Soldiers.”

Gipson said the battalion of less than 300 Soldiers had previously held Halloween events, but she felt a fall festival would allow her Desert Warrior family to celebrate the changing of the season, in a safe environment for Soldiers and their family members.

Besides eating hot dogs, cotton candy, pies and other sweet treats, the crowds enjoyed a haunted house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, ring toss and bean bag toss, cars and truck trunks dressed to treat Halloween tricksters, and a costume contest for all ages.

Several hundred 1916th Support Battalion Soldiers and family members enjoyed food, candy, and Halloween fun as the battalion took a break from rotational unit training duties to celebrate the beginning of autumn at the battalion’s motor pool, Sept. 21.

All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.



NTC shows its stuff and spirit at Barstow’s Mardi Gras Parade

The National Training Center was well represented in Barstow’s 83rd annual Mardi Gras Parade that unfolded on a mile and a half route down Barstow’s East Main Street in the early evening hours of Oct. 24. The Kiwanis Club-s...

Having fun learning fire safety at open house

The Fort Irwin Fire Department held an open house in support of national Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7. Families, children, Soldiers and community members attended the occasion at Fort Irwin Fire Station 1 – one of two fires s...

Remembering September 11, honoring the fallen

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, Soldiers and the community paid tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a remembrance walk and a memorial service, Sept. 11, 2015. The remembrance walk b...