Eddie the Eagle Illustration by Sarah Venable
Eddie the Eagle
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Eddie the Eagle (center), mascot for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, poses with the Baltimore Ravens' Poe, and the Chicago Bears' Staley da Bear, at the NFL's Play 60, here, Jan. 27.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — When the news came out that the National Football Leagure was returning to Hawaii for the 2011 Pro Bowl, I couldn't have been more excited.
Meeting the NFL mascots has been my ultimate goal and now I was going to get to meet them at the Play 60 event, here, Jan. 27.
As the weeks grew closer, I had a million questions for my Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation coworkers, like: "Would I get to meet the mascots?" "What would I say?" "Which mascots are coming?" "Will they like me?"
After weeks of waiting, the moment had arrived; I was standing beak-to- beak with Poe from the Baltimore Ravens! Then I turned my head and saw the Chicago Bears’ mascot, Staley da Bear.
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) is welcoming a new member to the marketing team: “Eddie the Eagle.”
The eagle, which already serves as the national bird and emblem for the U.S., has been assigned an additional duty: to serve as the official mascot of FMWR, here, personified as “Eddie the Eagle.”
“I flew in to support and lift the spirits of Soldiers and family members,” he said.
Eddie’s energy and eagerness to get started was on display during his first appearance at the Suicide Awareness “Run for Life” event, Tuesday at Sills Field, here.
While gliding across the field, he spoke of his long journey from the cold, upper regions of Alaska to the islands.
“They lost my paperwork in Seattle, and I got stuck in quarantine,” he said, “but I am glad to be out now — been stuck there since July.”