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Posted: March 9, 2018 10:04 a.m.
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STB holds Black History ceremony


Soldiers of STB, 3rd ID RSSB dance during a Black History Month observance at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb 21. The dance, choreographed by Sgt. 1st Class Latrice Brenson, 3rd ID RSSB Senior Supply Noncommissioned Officer, was a tribute to the challenges overcome by African-Americans in order to bravely serve the country.

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Soldiers of Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment

Brigade hosted a Black History Month observance at the Freedom Chapel on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 21.

The event, themed “African-Americans in Wartime,” featured a keynotes speaker, the stories of Black US service members from the past, and a dance performance.

“The performance symbolized how we overcame slavery and now we’re able to serve our country with our brothers and sisters,” said Cpl. Dominique Smith, the administrative assistant to the 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB command sergeant major, who performed in the dance. 

Though the performance was only a few minutes long, it features clips of music ranging from traditional spirituals from the slavery era to modern day hip hop, and a quotation from Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I wanted to capture the struggles that African Americans had to overcome in order to serve in the military,” said Sgt. 1st Class Latrice Brenson, the brigade Senior Supply Noncommissioned Officer who choreographed the performance, “while showcasing the pride in our history in the form of dance.”

Though Brenson took the lead, the final product was a team effort for all the dancers.

“We all collectively came together to add our little tweaks to it,” said Smith, “but it was [Brenson’s] whole visual idea.”

Brenson, Smith and the rest of the Soldiers who performed spent hours practicing their moves, in addition to their regular duties working to supply and sustain the US and coalition forces throughout Afghanistan.

“It took a lot of effort,” said Smith, “and a lot of late nights.”

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