Sgt. Scot Papa, food service specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, has found himself doing what means the most to him, leading Soldiers. He is getting to do so hands on at the Culinary Arts School at Fort Bragg.

Once a year, around the holiday season, the Culinary Arts School offers an ice sculpting course which allows Papa, one of the instructors, to give back to the younger Soldiers.

As a noncommissioned officer, we are trained to lead Soldiers, said Papa. I think I am doing that every day.

They come in here with the basic skills that they learned in advanced individual training and they walk away with a little bit of knowledge doing something beyond their normal day-to-day jobs, said Papa. Its inspiring to see that look on their face when they learn to do it. I like being able to do that for a Soldier.

Papa encourages other Soldiers to participate in the course and other courses that are offered at the Culinary Arts School and urges fellow NCOs to have their Soldiers sign up to do so.

I would like to see more support, said Papa. We have a lot of 92G on this post they all dont have this kind of knowledge, but a lot of them would like to.

In addition to assisting in instructing the ice sculpture course, Papa is creating an elaborate array of ice sculptures for the 1st TSC holiday ball.

Papa explained that the process starts with 400-pound blocks of ice and takes about four days before it is ready to be sculpted.

The origins of ice sculpting date back to China in the 1600s. Hunters and fishermen sculpted lanterns out of blocks of ice that were formed from filling buckets of water. In the 1740s Russians created the first elaborate ice palace that included ice cannons that fired ice cannon balls and sculpted elephants that sprayed water out of their trunks.