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Engineers volunteer to help build house

1st Lt. Andrew Johnson, platoon leader, Company C, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, uses a power saw to cut wood with the help of Spc. Chris Rogers, combat engineer, Company C, during the building of a house in Fountain, Nov. 2.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch

2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

FOUNTAIN — One lucky Fountain Family received valuable help when 24 “Lonestar” Battalion Soldiers volunteered their time to help build them a house, Nov. 2.

Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, split into morning and afternoon crews and pledged their time to help a local nonprofit organization build a home by installing insulation, verifying frame angles, strengthening the frame, placing studs for a more sound structure, enhancing doorways and installing outside paneling.

The Soldiers not only gave back to the community, but also conducted some common task training.

“It’s nice to have something different to do and it’s nice to have something to do for the community,” said Sgt. Kyle Iverson, combat engineer, Company C, 2nd STB.

The family is required to invest 350-450 hours of their personal time to help build the home.

With the assistance of Soldier volunteers, the family will buy the home for what it costs to build, resulting in payments of as little as half of what they normally would be, said Gary Blake, construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity.

For some of the Soldiers, the chance to help was an opportunity they had to take advantage of.

“For me, volunteering helps you build yourself up,” said Pvt. Tyler Terry, combat engineer, Company C. “It makes you feel good that you’re a part of something bigger (than yourself).”

The Soldiers know that their volunteer work has an impact on the community.

“The fact that I’m helping made me want to come out here,” said Terry. “Some people struggle and can’t afford a home on the regular market, and this way we are doing our part.”

There are plans by this time next year to have 10 houses built in the Front Range community, and Soldiers are always welcome to help.

“We really appreciate the Soldiers coming out (here to help). Without them this wouldn’t happen,” said Blake. “We hope to see them out here again.”

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