By Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CA) Richard de La Torre and Staff Sgt. (CA) Jim Tortolano
Fellowship, frankfurters and fun were the orders of the day on Sept. 8 at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, as the Regional Support Command-South of the California State Military Reserve held its annual BBQ and Family Day.
The event was organized by the chaplain’s corps, and spearheaded by Chaplain 1st Lt. Brenda Threatt.
“We had an extraordinary BBQ,” she said. “We had a great group of volunteers and served over 150 folks.” Soldiers and their families dined at no charge on burgers, franks, salmon patties, chips, soda, water and other treats.
She gave much of the credit to Col. Donald Thornley, who she said “gave us the marching orders and the resources to do this.”
Col. Thornley commented “This is something we do every year to bring all the units together and show Soldiers that they are part of a larger organization, and one that’s growing all the time.”
Added Chaplain Capt. Chris Fowler, “This is to let our Soldiers know we care about them and their families. This is really about Soldier care.”
A yearly family BBQ event has started to become a tradition among other CSMR units, including the 213th Military Historical Detachment, which is part of the California Center for Military History.
The 213th held its annual gathering on Sept. 8 in sizzling hot weather at Camp Roberts after the unit had completed its drill activities. “Ours went just fine,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Henry Leon, who leads the detachment. “This is our second. Our unit is small but growing and we have strong family support that made the BBQ a big success.”