Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Henry W. Marris III
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
Monday through Friday at Army installations around the world, Soldiers conduct physical readiness training to help ensure physical fitness and combat readiness. Students at Patriot Elementary School were given the opportunity to do the same Nov. 18-20, when Fort Carson Soldiers visited the school to train with them.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, joined with students at Patriot Elementary to conduct modified PRT sessions as part of the school’s “Fueling the Future” program.
The “Fighting Eagles” Soldiers, who volunteer at the school through the Adopt-A-School program, conducted the one-hour PRT sessions with two different grades each day, to ensure every student was provided the opportunity to attend.
Nicole Leth, designer of the “Fueling the Future” program, and spouse of Lt. Col. Allen Leth, commander, 1st Bn., 8th Inf. Reg., said she hopes the program will catch on across the Army because of the benefits to leading a healthy lifestyle.
“We want the students to understand the importance of good nutrition and physical activity,” Nicole Leth said. “We want the parents to engage them about what they learned at school, to bring the whole Family into the discussion about healthy choices.”
Soldiers started each session with a modified warm-up followed by a short calisthenics session. Students then conducted a light run in the gym with the Soldiers calling out cadence.
Allen Leth said it was vital to set the example through the Soldiers at the units first, so they can pass it on to the Families.
“We, as leaders, must ensure our Soldiers are physically and mentally fit, and one way we do this is by encouraging them to participate in healthy activities outside the workplace,” he said. “The Fueling the Future program is just another way we can help affect Families and get them involved, too. We help teach the children, and they can go home and share it with their Families.”
Spc. Carlos Legarreta, platoon medic, Company A, 1st Bn., 8th Inf., said he enjoyed being part of the event.
“It’s important to let the children know how crucial it is to be physically fit,” Legarreta said. “As role models for these children, when we have this type of opportunity to share with them, it drives home the importance of it all.”