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POSTED: June 1, 2010 4:00 p.m.
TIKRIT, Iraq- A Puerto Rican National Guard unit increased the awareness of the military's wounded warriors by getting 600 individuals out of bed early Sunday morning to participate in a run for the warriors.
Soldiers from the 166th Regional Support Group out of Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, organized the run to raise awareness about the struggles wounded warriors face and to send the message to those who are wounded, that they have not been forgotten.
The event took place on Contingency Operating Base Speicher and was broken into a 5 kilometer run/walk and 10 kilometer race categories.
In the accompanying video, those who were interviewed include event organizer Capt. Ivy Harris, an Orlando, Fla., native and the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment,166th RSG.
"We have to realize how important it is to take care of them, because who knows, one day it may be one of us and if we don't take care of them, who will?" Capt. Harris said.
Other interviewees are 5k participant Capt. Cassandra Ades, a Barstow, Calif., native and commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Operations Company, 3rd Infantry Division; and 10k men's category participant 2nd Lt. Caliphe Francis, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native and the platoon leader of Task Force Marne Joint Network Node; and 10k woman's category winner Sgt. Krystal Morgan, Pulaski, Wis., native with the 317th Military Police Battalion.

 

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