The Junior ROTC cadets from Copperas Cove High School’s Bulldawg Battalion are no strangers to the kindness of the soldiers of the school’s adopt-a-school unit, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment.

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division unit can often be found at the school’s football games or at the JROTC’s events, such as their organizational day or JROTC ball.

So for Giving Tuesday Military, the students decided to participate in the national One Million Acts of Kindness military campaign organized by Fort Hood spouse and 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Army Military Spouse of the Year Maria Reed, along with Coast Guard Military Spouse of the Year Jessica Manfre and National Guard Military Spouse of the Year Samantha Gomolka.

“It was really exciting to come out here in the early morning — the soldiers just got done with (physical training), we got to serve them coffee and muffins and thank them for their service,” said Cadet Maj. Sydney Montana, cadet battalion chief of staff for the Bulldawg Battalion. “We had little messages from all of our cadets and got to give them a positive, uplifting message before they started their day. It was a good opportunity to turn the tables around and let them know we appreciate their time, appreciate their service, appreciate them coming out to all our football games, org day, military ball and other events like that.”

Having the students come out and feed them breakfast was highly appreciated by the soldiers.

“I couldn’t be more thankful (for the students coming to give to the unit),” said Sgt. Dakota Garrow, a radio maintainer. “This is one of the greatest things that the community has done for the unit. I feel that all the soldiers deserve some sort of recognition, and I really appreciate them taking the time to come over to say hi and thank you. It really means a lot.”

The feeling was mutual, according to the cadet battalion commander, Cadet Col. Abigail Ford.

“They (the soldiers) are a blessing in disguise. You can’t see them all the time, but they are there,” the senior said. “They are the best thing we have, the 1%. They are the whole reason we are able to live our daily lives.”

For more information on Giving Tuesday Military, go to

The coffee for the event was donated by Starbucks Coffee at Clear Creek in Killeen and the muffins were donated by H-E-B Copperas Cove. | 254-501-7554 | 254-501-7554

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