BELTON — Children crawled under a rope on their hands and knees, threw water balloons at two dummies, shot airsoft guns at a target and finished their exercise with push-ups and sit-ups.

About 20 children participated in the obstacle course Thursday at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area, which was part of 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade’s Reconnaissance Family Appreciation Week.

While the course for children mimicked the ones their parents use during training, the spouses in the unit participated in a pink spur ride at Fort Hood.

Katie Jackson said going through the obstacle course gave her deeper appreciation for what her husband, Spc. Keven Jackson does in the field.

“I took for granted what he did, like ‘Oh, he just goes to work,’” Jackson said. “But it’s not really that easy. By the end of the day I was exhausted and (I wasn’t even out there) that long. I’m glad I don’t have to wear that uniform everyday, but it was really fun to get to see what (my husband) does.”

Jackson said she was glad the “very family-oriented” unit offered events

throughout the week for spouses and children to participate in.

On June 19, families got to watch soldiers take part in a static line jump at Fort Hood.

Lt. Col. John P. Cogbill, squadron commander, said he hopes the appreciation week did a good job familiarizing families about what their soldiers do.

“We want to expose our kids to what it is their parents do when they go to work,” he said. “We spend a lot of time away from our families, so we want them to know what type of training we’re doing and why we do it.”

Cogbill said the fun events also thanked families for the support they give their soldiers.

“We’re always so busy training,” he said. “It’s just good whether it’s once a year or twice a year to just clear the calendar and invite everybody out and just have fun, and enjoy each other and enjoy everything Fort Hood has to offer.”

His son, Jack Cogbill, 11, said he enjoyed the interactivity of spur rides for the parents and children.

“They did a good job setting it all up for the kids. I learned a lot about what they do out on the battlefield, what they train to do (overseas) and what they do on their daily lives,” he said. “I thought today was really, really fun.”


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