22, 2003, 12:23 EST
Infantry on display at Warren County Fair
1st Lt. Sonnie Louie
attendees got to try on load bearing equipment (LBE) for size.
(Photo courtesy 3rd Bn., 116th Inf. UPAR) Click
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handful of soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment went
on active duty for a week in August to give the public a sample of the
National Guard at the Warren County Fair. In addition to recruiting
activities, soldiers set up informational displays about various systems,
to include a field ambulance, a TOW launcher, machine guns, and a few
“It's nice to hear people tell you how much they appreciate you,”
commented Pfc. Lebo, reflecting on his public relations experience.
Most of the vendors and headlining performers, like wrestler
Dusty Rhodes, musical group the Drifters, and singer Doug Stone had
nothing but positive words to say in support of the military. The Drifters
even took time out to view the displays and take a photo-op with the
The unit started the summer with two strenuous two weeks of training
at Fort A.P. Hill. They spent their July drill at home in Winchester
where the soldiers recovered from their annual training by performing
maintenance on vehicles and equipment. Families of soldiers also
came in to the armories on the Sunday of the July drill weekend for
the annual family day picnic. Wives and children relaxed in the
afternoon, enjoying the food and seeing firsthand what their husbands
and fathers did.
At the same time, a handful of soldiers flew out to Fort Leavenworth
for two weeks to participate in the Division warfighter exercise.
While out in Kansas, members of the Headquarters element fought in a
realistic computer simulated battle aimed at honing communications and
decision-making abilities on the battlefield. SPC Harry Brown
of C Company received an AAM for his performance with the Brigade Headquarters,
where he dealt with scenarios that were echelons above his normal work
In August, the majority of HHC packed up to head back to Fort A.P.Hill
to complete training for military assistance to civil disturbances (MACDIS).
The reconnaissance section, which had already completed their
MACDIS training earlier in the year, remained at the armory to participate
in a community carwash aimed at raising money for the unit family readiness
fund. Winchester citizens supported us in full force, donating over
$1,100.00 to the HHC's Unit and Family Readiness Group funds. Donations
were $3.00-5.00 and more often than not, the public gave on an average
between $10.00 and $20.00 per person.
The unit has gone through many positive changes in the last year, and
plans to make events like these more common in the future, making arrangements
for appearances at local high schools and other public gatherings.
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