USAMMA Soldier Passionate About Soccer

The Fort Detrick youth-10 soccer team receives their medals. They won 7 out of 8 games
The Fort Detrick youth-10 soccer team receives their medals. They won 7 out of 8 games. Staff Sgt. Juan F. BuitragoQuijano, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, stands behind the team he coached.

I enjoy soccer and more importantly, I wanted to share my passion for soccer, that's why I volunteered to coach the Fort Detrick's youth-10 soccer team. I'm told that this is the first time that a Fort Detrick Soldier has volunteered to coach this team.

When I first arrived in Germany in 2004, I was disappointed in how many children were missing out on soccer because there were not enough coaches. That's when I started coaching and now, I make it a priority to become a coach and help support the youth soccer league wherever possible.

Even though, the soccer season is over for the Fort Detrick youth-10 soccer team, I can proudly say our team won 7 out of 8 games.

Games were weekly and were played on Saturdays at Baker Park in Downtown Frederick. Practices were held every Wednesday at Fort Detrick.

You can learn a lot from children, they assisted me as much as I assisted them. Since I once played for the Schweinfurt Army team from 2005 and 2006, I had the opportunity to share my personal experiences. While the children improved their soccer skills, I was able to learn more about the Fort Dertick community.

This was a great experience and I am very proud of being a Soldier and being able to help the military children in this community; that's why next year I will coach again.

Staff Sgt. BuitragoQuijano serves as a Medical Logistics non-commissioned officer responsible for management of the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency’s Emergency Operations Center, which includes preparing operations updates, track tasking and materiel stockage levels within the CL VIII Army Repositioned Stocks program. He also participate in planning and future requirement analysis.

Last Modified Date: 29-Jun-2010