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shop online at www.missourivalleyshopper.com December 18, 2018 • Page 3 The Old Truck 147th Army Band Participates By Daris Howard In Partner State Celebration I saw a friend of mine, Alex, driving a new pickup, and I was excited for him. But I was also somewhat surprised. I knew he loved his old truck, yet I realized I hadn’t seen it By Staff Sgt. Mike Beck included learning new music, in front of his house for a few days. I was happy that he had 129th Mobile Public integrating the two bands finally been able to focus clearly on how useless the old truck Affairs Detachment into one and marching. The was so he could buy a new one. PARAMARIBO, Suriname Soldiers of the 147th learned Have you ever spent an inordinate, unreasonable amount - Members of South Dakota to play Surinamese music, as of time on an inanimate object? I know I have. Usually it’s Army National Guard's 147th well as marching style and something I am sure I can fix myself. Recently it has been an Army Band traveled to South commands in a few short old tiller. It seems I just get one thing fixed on it and someAmerica to participate in a days. thing else breaks down. musical performance event Suriname has, in recent For Alex, the inanimate object he had spent all of his time years, moved the parade on was the old truck. I don’t know why he was so attached series with its state partnerfrom the capital of Paramarto it. I don’t think he even knew. Maybe in his youth he had ship country of Suriname, ibo to other communities to dreamed of owning one like it, and that dream had instilled Nov. 18 - Dec. 1. About 35 147th members allow more people to attend. itself in his subconscious. Whatever the reason was, he loved conducted professional This year, the parade was the truck. But the truck had long ago outlived its usefulness. It back- development training with held in Saramacca, a district fired like the blast of a rifle shot, it smoked like an addict, and the Suriname Army Band and west of the capital. the gas mileage was measured in gallons per mile not miles played at a variety of events The entire parade route per gallon. It spent more time in pieces in Alex’s yard than in support of community and was lined with onlookers, driving on the road. Almost every Saturday, and many eve- public outreach objectives. vendors and media. nings, Alex could be found tinkering on his truck. The musical events "It was amazing to see “I don’t know a lot about the cost of auto parts,” Alex’s culminated with both groups how many people came wife told me, “ but I think Alex might have been able to buy a marching together during (to the parade)," said Spc. new truck twice over with the money he’s spent on that old Suriname's National Day Brooke Bigge, member of the truck.” Parade. The overall goal 147th. “What parts has he put into it?” I asked. of the event was to further The President of Suri“He started out by replacing the engine,” she said. “It had enhance the Suriname and name, Desiré Bouterse, been going through so much oil we would pull into the gas station and add two quarts of oil and top the gas tank with SDNG partnership in support attended the National Day Parade, as well as senior one quart of gas. The engine change took a year. And in put- of US Southern Command cooperation objectives. leaders of the Suriname Deting the engine back in, somehow the wiring was destroyed. The band traveled from fense Force, and dignitaries So he had to replace all of that. But the fuses weren’t the right from Brazil, Guiana, French ones, so when the electrical system overcharged, it blew out their home station of MitchGuiana and the South Dakota all of the lights. But he finally got it running, and do you know ell to Sioux Falls to meet a West Virginia Air National National Guard. Maj. Gen. what I said to him when he did?” Guard C-17 Globemaster Tim Reisch, SDNG adjutant “What?” I asked. general, Brig. Gen. Russ Walz, “I said, ‘Alex, why don’t you sell that old thing while it’s cargo aircraft for the trip to running and you can get some money for it?’ But he said that Paramaribo. assistant adjutant general for was silly because after putting all of the money into it for a Upon arrival, the 147th South Dakota's Air National new engine and new wiring, he wanted to get his money’s and the Suriname Army Band Guard, and Command Sgt. worth out of driving it. Besides, he said it would be just as practiced together for four Maj. James Hoekman were good as new.” days prior to the National among the dignitaries view“I saw him replace the engine,” I said. “But I didn’t see him Day Parade. The practices ing from the grandstand. drive it much after that.” “Of course not,” Alex’s wife replied, displaying her annoyance. “We hadn’t driven a hundred miles on the new engine when the transmission went out. Do you know how much a transmission costs? We would have been further ahead selling the old hunk of metal for scrap.” Our conversation had been some time back, so when December 3 I saw Alex driving the new pickup, I was happy for them. I figured Alex had finally been able to break himself away thru December 29 from the old truck. I saw him at a community gathering and thought I would ask him about. “So I see you got yourself a new pickup,” I said. “Oh, it’s not ours,” Alex replied. “We just borrowed it.” “Why did you borrow it?” I asked. 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"Watching the kids sing along, and get up and dance was heartwarming," said 1st Sgt. Kristin Sokup, 147th senior noncommissioned officer. "They knew most of the (popular) songs we played, despite the songs being American." Other members of the band had similar experiences. "Whether it was us, the 147th playing, or the Suriname band, those concerts were really impressive," said Spc. Jordan Hoffman. Crowds were very receptive to the bands, as were the local musicians. Local musicians frequently joined in playing with members of the band. "Playing with the Surinamese musicians was a lot of fun," said Spc. Craig Kolasch, with the 147th. "We were able to jam with them they do a lot of freestyling." "Overall, it was a very worthwhile trip," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Terry Beckler, 147th commander. "An annual training like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity." 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