October 13, 2005

Engineer battalion assists with VA hospital project

By Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter, III
Virginia Guard Public Affairs Officer

 

Engineers work on a physical fitness track adjacent to McGuire Veteran's Administration Hospital. (Photo by Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter, III, Virginia Guard Public Affairs Office)

RICHMOND, Va. - The Army and Air National Guard is Virginia's community based military force.  In that role our Soldiers and Airmen are committed to improving the quality of life in our communities.  An example how that is done is the Innovative Readiness Training or IRT project that the Soldiers of Powhatan's Company A, 276th Engineer Battalion, who returned from a year long deployment in Iraq earlier this year, have undertaken in conjunction with the State of Virginia and the McGuire Veteran's Administration Hospital in Richmond.  

The project, which began on Oct. 1st and is scheduled to conclude around Oct. 15, involves the construction of a one mile long physical fitness track and work out stations on state owned property adjacent to McGuire Veteran's Administration Hospital.  

When completed the physical fitness track will replace an existing track on the hospital grounds. This project provides a training opportunity for the Virginia Army Guard engineers and a product that enhances the quality of life in the McGuire Veteran's Administration Hospital neighborhood.  

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