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Tiger Brigade donates computers to Rosepine Elementary

BY RYAN KEETON
ROSEPINE --  The 162nd Infantry Brigade is notable for teaching soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines how to reach out to host nation communities and bring them the tools they need to establish peace and security.
Their their handiwork can be seen all over -- in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines and even Africa.
The soldiers got the chance to help out a little closer to home on Wednesday. They donated 33 computers to Rosepine Elementary School.
The "Computers For Learning" program was started by the Army as a way to get rid of computers they no longer need while also helping schools get the tools they need to educate students.
Sgt. First Class Michael Buterbaugh, a senior non-commissioned officer of the Tiger Brigade S-4 section, realized he had numerous, functional computers that needed to go.
He said while on his way to his home in DeRidder, he took a chance and stopped into Rosepine Elementary and met with  Principal Carolyn Bosley, who jumped at the chance to get one laptop and 32 desk computers.
“I'm so thankful,” Bosley said at ceremony Wednesday. “We're developing leadership here at our school and these soldier provide a great  example of that.”
Col. James D. Brown, commanding officer of the 162nd, and Vernon Parish Superintendent of  Schools Jackie Self, were also at the school for the handover.
Buterbaugh was humble in accepting praise for the donation, saying he felt great just knowing that he was able to help the school out.
“The community always supports us,” he said. “This is just an example of how we can support them.”
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