Soldiers bring out big trucks to 'brighten' day of German twins

Damien Nelson and his mother Sonja inside a UH-60 helicopter, March 18, 2017, as they visited a display that allowed Damien and his brother Malik explore military vehicles. MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES
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Damien Nelson and his mother Sonja inside a UH-60 helicopter, March 18, 2017, as they visited a display that allowed Damien and his brother Malik explore military vehicles. MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES
Damien Nelson and his mother Sonja inside a UH-60 helicopter, March 18, 2017, as they visited a display that allowed Damien and his brother Malik explore military vehicles. MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES
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Damien Nelson and his mother Sonja inside a UH-60 helicopter, March 18, 2017, as they visited a display that allowed Damien and his brother Malik explore military vehicles. MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES

Soldiers bring out big trucks to 'brighten' day of German twins

by: Martin Engash | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 20, 2017

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Soldiers rounded up some heavy metal Saturday for disabled German twins who love trucks and big equipment. Dozens of soldiers showed up on their day off to set up firetrucks, Humvees and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at Grafenwoehr Army Airfield so twins Malik and Damien Nelson, who have a condition called spasticity, could see them up close.

“When I got the call a few weeks ago to see if this (event) was possible, of course, I said, ‘yes.’ It was just the right thing to do,” said Capt. Matthew Colsia, the operations officer who organized the display. “We wanted to give them a good day and make them happy. We also get to pay back the community a little bit.”

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