Staff Sgt. Ronald Cochran, an instructor in our Combat Training Company is the absolute picture of a hero. As a trainee was attempting to throw a live hand grenade, the grenade fell into the pit where the trainee and Cochran were standing. Cochran immediately removed the trainee from the pit and threw himself into position, shielding the Soldier from the grenade blast. After the detonation, he assessed the Soldier for injuries. Fortunately, there were none. We are so proud of his quick thinking and selfless actions.
Megan O’Donoghue from Morale, Welfare and Recreation routinely achieves excellence in all she does. I want to recognize her specifically for developing several spectacular events for April, two of which support the Month of the Military Child. Megan and her team did a phenomenal job with our first ever Sidewalk Chart Art Festival series, which provides a safe environment for children and families to brighten our community every Saturday this spring. In addition, Megan’s team ensured that the Easter Bunny was able to deliver more than 2,500 eggs to 200-plus family homes (100 percent of those who requested a visit). And, her team has been extremely creative in finding ways for family members to contribute in our fight against COVID-19 by sponsoring a Make the Most Masks competition. This event will inspire healthy competition while also providing a very necessary service to our community and retiree populations. We appreciate everything she does for our families, our post and our community.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.)