FORT HOOD — With her feet held together in a sack, Samantha Mattox hopped alongside her parents trying to make it to the finish line before the other children.

Samantha, 5, was excited her mom brought her to the Clear Creek Softball Complex Saturday to participate in the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command’s annual Easter Egg Hunt for families.

“It’s excellent,” said Mattox’s mother, Spc. Irene Mattox, 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade. “She really likes to have fun. (Here) she can pick up some eggs and play some games.”

The free event featured games, prizes and a grass field scattered with more than 20,000 eggs for children to search for. More than 100 volunteered to stuff eggs and numerous organizations including family readiness groups made the event possible, said 2nd Lt. Samantha Farr, 4th Sustainment Brigade.

“The brigade is very big on family values,” said Farr, who was the officer in charge of the event. “We decided this free event would be a good opportunity to tie all the families together.”

More than 250 people attended the event, which Farr said was a great reminder for the battalions to remember that they are all part of a larger brigade.

Col. Mark Simerly, commander of the 4th Sustainment Brigade, said the event shows the Army’s commitment to families by building networks of trust.

“The Army profession is unique in the demands it places on families,” Simerly said. “We know that soldiers can’t succeed at their missions if they’re worried about their families, so it’s incumbent upon us to set conditions so soldiers know when they’re deployed that their family members are taken care of.”

Mattox was glad the brigade hosted the event to promote family bonding and unit cohesion.

“It’s good to get together in a non-stressful environment and do something other than work,” she said.

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