Between Jan. 6 and 7, 3.3 inches of snow blanketed the installation and surrounding communities, turning Fort Campbell into a winter wonderland. Soldiers and Families took advantage of the precipitation to have a little winter fun.

Katelin Pitts, military spouse, was one of the many Families who took to the outdoors when the snow started to fall. While originally from Alabama, Pitts lived in New York for several years and has seen plenty of snow in her lifetime but said this was the first time she’d seen such a large amount while living in the Fort Campbell area.

For Pitts, this was a chance to get out and have some fun but also a nostalgic moment that reminded her of the time she spent in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The real gem for her, however, was how much her dog, Jack, a blue heeler enjoyed the weather.

“We decided to take him out to let him play, and he absolutely loved it,” Pitts said. “It brought happiness to me because it reminded me of my childhood.”

Pitts, her husband, and their pup played in the street and their joy quickly spread to others, she said. When she checked on her elderly neighbors, Pitts learned they were watching them play outside.

“Our neighbors are 83 years old, and they told us they watched us playing all day in the snow,” she said. “They told us it reminded them of their own childhood.”

Noemi Torres, military spouse, said her daughter Ariana, 12 made the most of the snowfall when the storm hit.

“We live in The Woodlands and so it was super magical looking with all the trees back here,” Torres said. “We went sledding, made some snow angels and tried to make a snowman but it didn’t work out so well.”

Torres is originally from New York and said she has seen plenty of snow but seeing it farther south was a welcome change. It was lovely reminder of her days in upstate New York.

“This is the second time I’ve been here, and this is the first time I’ve seen snow here,” Torres said. “I just came from Fort Drum, so it was nice to get back to snow.”

Aside from enjoying the fun, Torres said she seized the opportunity to take some pictures of the scenery with the Woodland trees in the background.

Ashleigh Grayson, military spouse, and her husband Staff Sgt. Corey Grayson, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took to their backyard with their three daughters, Natalie, 7, Kylie, 6, and Tayah, 4, and spent the whole day playing in the snow.

“They did snow angels and attempted to build a snowman, but it didn’t work because our backyard is on a slope,” Grayson said. “We had chili. We made grilled cheese and had hot chocolate. They tried to ride their bikes but that didn’t work either.”

Grayson said her children had so much fun, they didn’t want their time outdoors to end.

“I had to fight to get them inside, they were out for about two hours,” she said laughing.

Grayson just moved to Fort Campbell from Texas and said the snow was a welcome change in weather.

Elizabeth Bennett, military spouse, and her husband Spc. Noah Dixon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took their 19-month-old son, Brooks, out for some winter fun.

“We went outside in the middle of the snowstorm because we wanted our son to see the snow flying around, and we put him in a tub and pulled him around the yard,” Bennett said.

The Bennetts did not have a sled because they hadn’t experienced snowfall like last week’s, so they made do with what they had on hand and pulled their son around in a tin tub.

Honey, their golden retriever, took part in the fun as well, running around the backyard with Brooks, Bennet said.

When it was time to go inside, she said, Brooks wasn’t in agreement.

“He loved it, he didn’t want to come back in the house,” she said. “He was mad when we brought him in. He was not a happy camper.”

Bennett couldn’t believe how much snow she saw. She said it reminded her of living up north.

“We love the snow,” Bennett said. “We’re originally from New York so we’re used to quite a bit of snow, so we go crazy when we actually get the chance to see it down here. It’s like a little taste of home.”

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