Cayleigh and the First Sergeant

| February 11, 2018 | 42 Comments

Mick sends a link to Fox News which tells the story of 5-year-old Cayleigh Hinton, whose father, Sergeant Terrence Hinton, was killed in a training accident last year in Hawaii. Her mother asked the local Illinois National Guard if they could send someone who could take the girl to a Father-daughter dance.

“It wasn’t even really a choice for me. I view it as an honor to be able to do this for her,” [First Sergeant Joseph] Bierbrodt told WLS.

Bierbrodt said he never met the 5-year-old or her father who died, but he felt that taking the girl to the dance “had to be done.” He added that if he was gone, he would want a soldier to step in for one of his four children in the same situation.

Bierbrodt and Cayleigh arrived at the school in a limousine and they were escorted by police, firefighters and the Patriot Guard. The duo danced throughout the night.

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  1. 26Limabeans says:

    Nice. Really nice.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Dusty in here, dammit.

  3. OWB says:

    Yep. That’s the way it is done.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Nice to see it done so well.

  5. Hondo says:

    Well done, 1SG Bierbrodt. Damn well done.

  6. Yef says:

    This happened in Hawaii?
    I had a different perception of the people in that state.

  7. BW says:

    Damn onions, gotta quit cutting them while reading.

  8. Bill R. says:

    There are not too many things that can bring tears to my eyes, but you have made it happen.

  9. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Very cool.

  10. ocean12 says:

    My allergies are acting up

  11. NormanS says:

    Seeing the pictures, I couldn’t help but think of:

  12. UpNorth says:

    Damn allergies.

    • Hack Stone says:

      I don’t know about the Army, but in the Marine Corps, it is detrimental to your well being to address a 1st Sgt as “Top”. Top is an acceptable term for a MSgt or MGySgt.

      As long as we are somewhat on the topic, why is it acceptable to address an Army Staff Sergeant (E6) or Sergeant First Class (E7) as “Sergeant”? When Hack was working in a Joint environment, he addressed Army E6’s as Staff Sergeant and E7’s as Sergeant First Class.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        In Basic I started out by addressing everyone as “Sir”.

      • Grunt says:

        Because the Army says so.

        Ref: AR 600-20, Army Command Policy, Table 1-1, “Grades, Army.”

        I don’t know where the term “Top” came from, but addressing the Company 1SG as such would (in infantryland anyways) earn one a delicious session of physical and mental conditioning.

        • Jon The Mechanic says:

          When I was MUCH younger, my first MOS was 11B and I was assigned to A Co, 1/87 infantry at Fort Drum.

          Everyone in the unit called 1sg William Poe by the name “Top”. We did it out of respect for his position as the top NCO in the unit.

          As for how they got the nickname of Top, here is what I found.
          “First sergeants are generally the senior non-commissioned officers of company (battery, troop) sized units, and are unofficially but commonly referred to as “top”, “top sergeant”, “top soldier”, “top kick”, “first shirt”, due to their seniority and their position at the top of the company’s enlisted ranks.”

  13. NHSparky says:

    Faith in humanity restored.

  14. Alemaster says:

    Thanks, First Sergeant, from all of us. You make us all look just a little bit better. regards, Alemaster

  15. Heart of TEXAS (PSG, Ret.) says:

    Much more enjoyable to read a story like this than another phony seal story.

    Well played First Sergeant.

  16. The Other Whitey says:

    That brings tears to my eyes. My department lost a good young man on the fireline this past December who left behind a little girl and a second about to be born. Makes me think an awful lot of my baby girls.

    God bless 1SGT Bierbrodt. A credit to the United States Army!

  17. Jay says:

    Took my 2 girls to the daddy/daughter dance. They’re 8 and 4….God Bless the 1stSgt for stepping up.

  18. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    I hate dicing onions.

  19. FatCircles0311 says:

    Damn onions.
    Also thankfully there is some sanity left and events like this are still a thing.


    There is no community like the Military Community!

  21. Commissioner Wretched says:

    The dust that started flying in my office as I read this … wow. I have to get after the cleaning crew around here.

    BZ, First Sergeant.

  22. LRRP2 says:

    Way to go TOP !! Thanks from all of us for stepping up . That’s what this Brotherhood is all about .

  23. Dustoff says:

    Wonder what old Gregory Salcido, (Military hater and world class jackass) has to say about this (Not that I really give a damn). Bless you
    Cayleigh, and thanks First Sgt!

  24. Atkron says:

    Damn dust bunnies are sending out pollen…

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