‘Legion’ Battalion hosts the Mobile Canteen
Staff Sgt. Norman Llamas,
11th ADA Brigade PAO:
The United Service Organizations’ Mobile Canteen, in coordination with 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery, hosted a free lunch for Soldiers with 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade Oct. 1 at 3rd Bn.’s headquarters.
The USO’s Mobile Canteen is a food truck that travels throughout the El Paso region serving free lunches to military servicemembers stationed at Fort Bliss, the various Army training sites in the region, and also Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, N.M.
“Units can request for the Mobile Canteen to come to their unit by calling the USO and scheduling it,” said Eva Gonzalez, Mobile Canteen coordinator and volunteer coordinator with the Fort Bliss USO.
Since the USO is a nonprofit organization and operates solely from donations and sponsorships, this particular event was sponsored by TIGUA Inc., a tribe-owned government contracting company that specializes in base
operations and construction.
“It is a world-wide organization,” said John Baily, CEO of TIGUA Inc. “The company is owned by Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, an Indian reservation located in El Paso. … We are sponsoring the Mobile Canteen as a way of saying thank you to the Soldiers and to let them know that we appreciate everything they do for us.”
Lt. Col. Joshua Moon, commander of 3rd Bn., presented Baily with a certificate of appreciation from the 11th ADA “Imperial” Brigade command group to TIGUA. Moon also presented “Legion” Battalion coins to Baily and all the Mobile Canteen volunteers.
“We really appreciate you guys coming out here today and providing our Soldiers with a free lunch,” said Moon. “Thank you for all your support.”
“The Pueblo reservation is comprised of Pueblo Indians, called ‘Tiguas.’ It’s the only Pueblo Indian reservation located outside of New Mexico,” said Baily. “The Tiguas have been in El Paso since 1682.”
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