The university has formed countless community partnerships in its nearly century and a half in Central Texas. The relationship forged with Fort Hood’s 4th Sustainment Brigade, however, is the only one that has involved heavy artillery.
“It’s a good partnership to have—the university working with command,” said Public Affairs Officer Staff Sgt. Joel Gibson.
Part of that partnership, which has spanned decades, involves university faculty and staff sharing their knowledge with members of the command. Head soccer coach Brad Bankhead spoke at Fort Hood in June.
“They have a quarterly Wrangler Day to honor soldiers, and they usually have a speaker who gives a talk about leadership and team excellence,” Bankhead said. “I talked about the importance of trust, discipline, and commitment, and I may have bragged on UMHB a little.”
Bankhead enjoyed his experience so much that he is already working with Athletic Director Randy Mann to plan future athletic department involvement with the 4th Sustainment Brigade.
“We are always looking for opportunities to get our student athletes involved. I think it’s great for both the university and the brigade,” Bankhead said. “It’s great for the soldiers to feel our support, and it’s a humbling and honoring experience for us to be able to support them.”