On the night of June 29, the Thurston County Fairgrounds was the backdrop for the start of a beautiful friendship between the Soldiers of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), the city of Lacey, the North Thurston Public School District and the Lacey Chamber of Commerce.

The meet and greet event, called the Arrowhead Adopt-A-Company program, was sponsored and coordinated by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Lacey subchapter and allowed leadership of the various companies and batteries of the 3rd SBCT to meet with representatives from the businesses they'd been paired with.

"You may drive by JBLM ... slowly, because we clog up the roads," joked Col. Charles R. Webster, the 3rd SBCT commander. "But we hope this will allow you to learn what we do inside of the gates."

The program links businesses with companies in the brigade in the hope that they form a long-term relationship that can be reciprocal in nature.


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