NETCOM bikers ride in local Christmas parade
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor
NETCOM/9th SC (A) Public Affairs
FORT HUACHUCA,Ariz. – Several members of the U.S. Army Network En- terprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army) participated in Sierra Vista’s 50th Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 6.
The nighttime parade, whose theme this year was “A Christmas Night of Lights,” turned out to be a big hit for the NETCOM participants.
Some of those who rode in the parade included Bob Silverman, Cynthia Badgett, and Sherry Wise who are also members of the Thunder Mountain Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) Chapter, Sierra Vista.
the participants lit up was pretty cool.”
For Silverman and his wife, Vicki, this was their second Sierra Vista Christmas parade. He said he rides in it to feel more connected to the community they live in, plus, he enjoys seeing the big smiles on the faces of the children.
“The sideline crowd was amazing,” Silverman recalled. “Everyone was en- thusiastic and in great spirits. They really made it worth it to participate in this year’s parade. It always jazzes my wife. She works with kids and loves to be involved with activities that support the youth in our town.”
Badgett, a technical team lead said she has ridden in several Christmas parades in Sierra Vista.
This was the first time the city held a parade at night and it gave the group a chance to decorate their bikes with flash- ing, colorful Christmas lights, wreaths, ant- lers and other bright holiday adornments.
“I rode my 2002 Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce,” said Silverman, network administration senior. “It was fun having the bike all lit-up. The parade was much bigger this year and holding it at night with
“I have participated in the last five Sierra Vista holiday parades with my mo- torcycle group,” she said. “I like to show the community that not all bikers are bad, as they are often portrayed on TV and in Hollywood. I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when you hand them a toy or candy. I loved it. The children were very appreciative to receive a stuffed animal which made it all the more fun for me, and
Photo by Staff Sgt. Paula Taylor, NETCOM/9thSC (A) Public Affairs
NETCOM/9th Signal Command (A) employees (left to right), Cynthia Badgett, Bob Silverman and his wife, Vicki, and Sherry Wise visit with one another before lining up to ride their Harley Davidson motorcycles in Sierra Vista’s 50th Annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 6.
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