WACO — For the past few years, the men and women of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, worked tirelessly within the local communities volunteering time to help those in need, mentoring children in their adopted schools, and building strong bonds with community leaders.
Recently, one of these relationships was further strengthened and a select few Wrangler soldiers enjoyed the benefits by attending basketball games at Baylor University.
Sgt. Cynthia Landin, an automated logistical specialist with the 289th Quartermaster Company, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, was one of the lucky few, along with her family, chosen to represent the men and women of the Wrangler Brigade as a guest during a Baylor Bears game.
“The experience was awesome. I’ve never done anything like that before and to do it with my family was better than I could’ve imagined. The kids were so excited,” Landin said.
Landin and her three children, Kaitlin, 9, Nicholas, 7, and Jude, 4, were picked up at Fort Hood and driven to Baylor in Waco for a tour, free T-shirts, and courtside seats to watch the Bears play the University of Kansas.
“The kids were so psyched. They loved every minute of it, especially the healing room,” Landin said. “To see the game that close was a really cool experience, I’ve never imagined myself doing anything like that.”
During the visit, Landin and her family were introduced to several of the players, coaching staff and athletic department personnel.
As the first half ticked away, Landin and her family were escorted to a location behind one of the baskets to go out on the court during a time out.
“It was refreshing to see that the community still cares about the Army,” said Landin as she described her feelings when 8,000 fans were clapping and cheering for her and her family.
The idea of honoring soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade came from the head coach Scott Drew, who took his players to Fort Hood last year and were given a guided tour by the Wrangler Brigade.
“Baylor Men’s Basketball is honored to build on our partnership with Fort Hood. We have so much respect and appreciation for the men and women that serve our country, and it is our sincere privilege to give back to those that give so much for us,” Drew said.