Leadership from the 62nd Medical Brigade and the 6th Military Police Group (CID) attended a meet and greet event on July 14 and were paired with local businesses and organizations that had adopted Soldiers from their units.  The event was hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) DuPont subchapter.

"We want to be more proactive in supporting those in uniform," said subchapter President Ken Swarner. "This is the first step towards doing that and thanks to you all for participating."

In addition to hosting the Adopt-a-Company event, the subchapter also continues to support the local nonprofit group Wear Blue: Run to Remember and coordinate the Single Soldier Project, which provides welcome home gift baskets to redeploying single Servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"We are blessed to be paired with this community. They are so supportive and considerate when it comes to what our Soldiers need," said Capt. Valerie Aquino of the 62nd Medical Brigade's HHC, which was adopted by America's Credit Union.

"We've discussed teaching a workshop on how to buy a car, whether it's new or used," said Darin Gearheart, who was there to represent Sunset Chevrolet, which adopted HHD, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion. "We figure we can help to educate them on this topic and hopefully help them out."

Other DuPont businesses and organizations involved included Farmer's Insurance, Dhane Orthodontics, Patriot's Landing, Anytime Fitness and Cal Portland as well as the City of DuPont itself.

"This is a win/win for us and the community," said 62nd Medical Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Pumphrey. "For the people who don't know how to give back and help the military, this is the way. AUSA makes that possible and in the end, it pays dividends for everyone."

Despite the good turnout, some companies are still available for adoption; to get involved, e-mail Gina Luplow at
[email protected].

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