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Posted: March 29, 2018 9:05 a.m.
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Educators learn about military life

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Soldiers with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division familiarize SCCPSS educators with the Hunter Army Airfield engagement skills trainer, March 22, as the educators spend a day in the life of a Soldier.

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Thirty-two school teachers and administrators from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System visited Hunter Army Airfield March 21, to experience "A Day in the Life of a Soldier." 

The event helped familiarize local educators with military life. 

"The ability to gain first-hand knowledge of the great work of our service men and women, is so valuable to our staff who work day in and day out with military Families and students," said Kurt Hetager, chief public affairs and administrative services officer, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.  "Events like this strengthen our connection."

The day included the educators getting off the Army bus and attempting to get properly aligned in an Army formation, marching to the obstacle course, negotiating obstacles, lunch with Soldiers in the dining facility and firing M4 rifles in the Engagement Skills Trainer under the instruction of Soldiers.  

"We have a great relationship with our local school systems and wanted to enhance their understanding of what those of us in the Armed Forces do on Hunter Army Airfield," said Lt. Col. Ken Dwyer, garrison commander, Hunter Army Airfield.  

"I learned a lot about what the mission and units based on Hunter," said Candy Purdom, an early intervention program specialist with SCCPSS.  "I also had a blast on the obstacle course and firing the weapon.  Some of the obstacles required us to use teamwork to get over them ... that was a valuable example of the importance of working as a team."


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