Operation Secret Soldier

December 19, 2012

Operation Secret Soldier: Gilchrist Kids patient to be enlisted in the United States Army this afternoon

This afternoon, at around 4 p.m., the U.S. Army will be conducting an honorary enlistment ceremony for one of our Gilchrist Kids patients. Our patient is a 10-year-old boy with cancer who is an enormous Army buff. The young man has been on our service since August and is seen by a Gilchrist Kids who is intimately aware of the boy’s interest in the Army and his desire to be among its ranks “when he grows up.”

A few weeks ago, our nurse began working to brighten her patient’s day. Her idea was to set up a Skyping session between the boy and a friend of her’s who is serving in Kuwait. The friend was so enamored of the idea that he contacted Army personnel at Fort Meade. The event that is happening today came out of that initial contact.

While they are Skyping, the Army will be setting up their part. Several soldiers will be on hand for the enlistment ceremony, which will be led by Maj. General Sanford Holman, commander of The 200th Military Police Command at Fort Meade. The Army will be giving the patient an Army Combat Uniform, an American Flag and other military items. In addition, they will be bringing a Humvee with them and offering rides to the boy and his siblings. They are also bringing Christmas presents for the whole family.

We hope you are able to take a moment and view the Army’s webcast:
Operation Secret Soldier

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