KILLEEN — Soldiers from the 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Creekview Academy Charter School in Killeen as part of the Adopt-A-School Program on Jan. 27. The ceremony symbolizes the start of a relationship between the two organizations.

The program contributes military resources and services to schools in order to nurture the intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth of the children in the Fort Hood area; to increase public awareness of the Army’s mission and to foster good relations.

Lt. Col. Keith Kruelski and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Woods, the battalion command team, attended the ceremony with several other soldiers from the battalion, teachers and the Creekview principal Mathew Subhas.

When the ribbon cutting was complete, Kruelski and Woods presented the principal with a plaque that welcomed his school into the “Wolfpack” family.

First Lt. Dulce Fuentes, was the officer who first contacted Creekview Academy and asked if they would like to become part of the program.

“The program is an excellent way to reach out to the community and to help spread the Army’s mission and put a smile on a child’s face,” she said.

Fuentes also said, the unit is looking forward to bringing more activities to the school to help build the community and become mentors to the students at Creekview Academy.

As the students enjoyed the face painting, principal Subhas couldn’t help but show an enthusiastic smile and laugh as he watched the soldiers and his students interact.

“I feel the military is a great organization, and civilians don’t really get a chance to relate and connect to the real people inside of the military, and this is a great way for people to see the big heart the military has,” Subhas said.

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