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Fort Campbell Rak Sale connects Rakkasan community

 

Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY - Family Readiness Group leaders from all six battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined together April 18th in the brigade conference room for what they call a “Rak (pronounced ‘rock’) Sale,” in an effort to raise funds for FRG events held throughout the year.

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

In these sales, which are usually held every spring and fall, unit FRG leaders sell custom-made merchandise, such as T-shirts, other apparel, pottery, blankets, towels, stickers, signs, cups, baked goods and more.

The majority of the items being sold proudly showcase the torii, a symbol that has been part of the Rakkasan heritage since World War II.

Although a Rak Sale’s main objective is to raise funds, the FRG leaders say that there are also many other beneficial aspects of these events.

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)“They are a great opportunity to connect and socialize with other 3rd Brigade FRG members, single and married soldiers, their family members, retired Rakkasans and other members of the brigade’s community,” said Georgia Lillibridge, the wife of Col. R.J. Lillibridge, Commander of 3rd BCT.

“Rak Sales allow family members to showcase their talents and creativity in the products that they design and create while also instilling a strong sense of Esprit de Corps,” said Donna Kendrick, the wife of Lt. Col. Kelly Kendrick, Commander of 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT.

“They bring the entire Rakkasan community together while also creating an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere,” said Tanya Manns, the wife of Lt. Col. Mark Manns, Commander of 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd BCT.

If you missed the Rak Sale last week, but would like to be more involved in the Rakkasan community, you may want to consider attending the next sale in the fall. Contact your unit FRG leader for more details.

Held twice every year, Rak Sales not only raise funds for future FRG events, they also connect many members of the Rakkasan community, from soldiers to family members and retirees. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Held twice every year, Rak Sales not only raise funds for future FRG events, they also connect many members of the Rakkasan community, from soldiers to family members and retirees. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)


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