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Posted: January 26, 2018 1:00 p.m.
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Community members visit Hunter

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1st Lieutenant John Geiger, 4th Battalion 3rd Aviation, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Blackhawk pilot speaks to guests from Immanuel Baptist Church, during a tour of Hunter Army Airfield Jan. 18.

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Guests from the Gulfstream, sponsored Student Leadership program; Immanuel Baptist Church; and Richmond Hill High School, visited Hunter Army Airfield Jan. 18 as part of the installation’s combined tour.

Stops on the tour varied.  The bulk of the visit included 650 students from RHHS; who visited the Truscott Air Terminal.  There, Lt. Col. Arlin Wilsher, 3rd CAB rear-detachment commander, provided a motivational talk to students as part of the Student Leadership Program.  

The SLP is a community partnership between Gulfstream, Savanah-Chatham County Public Schools, local businesses, post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations. The program is designed to equip high school students with tangible skills to explore options beyond the classroom. Six hundred high school students (150 per grade) participate in the four-year program.  This is the fourth year the military program has been hosted at Hunter Army Airfield.

Other sites visited by other groups included the Army Family Service Center, the Hunter flightline, the engagement skills trainer, and the installation consolidated dining facility.  

"Today was a great day for the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Community Outreach Program as we informed more than 700 citizens ranging from high school students to older Americans about the mission of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield and exposed them to the quality men and women serving their nation,” said Steve Hart, Hunter Army Airfield Public Affairs Officer. “I would like to think they departed with a greater understanding of the installation's mission and units and an increased appreciation for what our Service Members do."

The Immanuel Baptist Church “Silver Nuggets” visited the EST; which simulates live weapons training. Gregory Davis, an EST instructor explained the system to the guests. 

“More than 1,000 individuals visit the engagement skills trainer every month, Davis said. “The facility has demonstrated it is both safe and economic.”

Davis said the EST has the capability of fulfilling several roles in training including basic marksmanship, collective training and escalation of force.  He said the facility was versatile in meeting Soldier and leader needs – capable of supporting individual call-for-fire or small arms fire, as well as larger systems such as vehicle mounted crew serve weapon training.   

He noted while the range doesn’t replace actual live-fire ranging, the facility was especially efficient regarding basic marksmanship training – such as aiming, breathing, and trigger squeeze. 

Pvt. Jennifer Flores, a Soldier with the 258th Movement Control Team attending basic marksmanship training Jan. 18 at the EST, helped demonstrate the facility with her fellow Soldiers – feeling the pressure as she continuously shot near-perfect scores.

Flores, although from Texas said she wasn’t familiar with firing weapons before joining the Army; said she benefited from the EST. 

“I love training here,” Flores said as she scored 35 of 40 for the day.  “Training here helps prepare me for the actual range later.


*Contributing authors include the Hunter PAO Steve Hart, and Stewart Community Relations Officer Dina McKain.

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