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Posted: May 25, 2018 11:03 a.m.
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Ribbon cut for Hunter Mile

Steve Hart/

Lt. Col. Ken Dwyer, Hunter Army Airfield garrison commander; 1st Lt. Ebony Stone, former platoon leader; 1st Lt. Amy Slaughter, platoon leader; LT. Col. Perry Steime, commander, 92nd Engineer Battalion; and Command Sgt. Maj. Dwayne Hite, 92nd Engineers, cut the ribbon on the newest obstacle course on Hunter called "The Hunter Mile" May 22.

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Service Members on Hunter have a brand-new obstacle course on which to train after the ribbon cutting ceremony for "The Hunter Mile" May 22.

“This obstacle course will enhance readiness and fitness for our service members,” said Lt. Col. Ken Dwyer, Hunter garrison commander. “The Soldiers (of Equipment Platoon of the 530th Engineer Company, 92nd Engineers) who constructed this demonstrated the versatility to overcome obstacles and adversity with their versatility to get the job done.”

The Soldiers had to remove many trees from the wooded area and work around power lines and pipes throughout the area during the project.

 “Our resiliency was definitely put to the test with these challenges combined with our peak optempo at Fort Stewart,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Becker, platoon sergeant.  “This was a great training opportunity for my Soldiers because they are horizontal engineers and this was a vertical construction project. It definitely brought up our precision engineering skills.”

The Hunter Mile is similar to the Marne Mile that the 92nd Engineers built in 2015 except the Hunter Mile includes a 30-feet-long suspended cable bridge.

“We had a ditch that cut through the course that had to be dealt with,” said Chief Warrant Officer Lynndon Vinyard, battalion S-3 construction technician.  “We had to design the footers due to the ditch, pipes in the ground and the power lines.  But this challenge forced us to use our horizontal and vertical construction skill sets to make us more well-rounded engineers.”

There is another reason The Hunter Mile differs from Fort Stewart’s Marne Mile.

“I think this one’s better because we took the lessons learned from the first project and applied them to this one,” said Lt. Col. Perry Stiemke, commander, 92 Engineer Battalion.

“With our current fiscally restrained environment, we were glad to take on this project (and save the installation some funds). It was a great opportunity to engage in realistic training to build something that can actually be used, as opposed to our building something for training purposes and then tearing it down.” 

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