509th hosts ‘Geronimo Jane’ Family day

By JEAN DUBIEL

FORT POLK, La. — The Families of Soldiers of the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, were invited to spend an afternoon with the unit June 29 at the 509th obstacle course, located in the median between Georgia and Alabama avenues. But the event held more meaning than the organizational days of the past. There were the obligatory barbecues, Frisbees, music and even a little friendly competition, but there was also a briefing by Lt. Col. Jimmy Hathaway, the new 509th commander. He laid out plans to balance unit training, rotational support and block leave over the next two years so that the Families would have the same information as the Soldiers, and they were getting it right from the commander’s mouth. Including Families in this briefing is indicative of how much it means to have them be part of the Geronimo team, according to Capt. Curtis Clerkley, company commander, A Company, 1st Bn (Abn), 509th Inf Reg.

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