By Shannon Bishop USAG Public Affairs
In an effort to educate a group of teachers from the Harrisburg area about military life, the Fort Detrick Army Garrison hosted a two-day tour, Aug. 21-22, showing the group there is more to the military than being deployed.
In a two day period, the group of 25 toured facilities such as the United States Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease, 302nd Signal Brigade, and the United States Army Center of Environmental Health Research. The group also had the opportunity to interact with members of Fort Detrick’s education outreach program to learn about education opportunities in the military, as well as opportunities for middle school and high school students at local military installations.
“I was totally amazed with the entire tour. The STEM inclusion was great,” said Master Sgt. Willard Jones, Aerospace Science instructor. “An overall awesome workshop, well organized, well-focused, excellent leadership, and excellent meals. Thanks for a tremendous couple days.”
Participants also commented that they enjoyed the formal and informal interaction with Soldiers. Each day the group had ample opportunity to ask questions and hear the stories of where some of the Soldiers came from, why they joined the Army, and how it has impacted their life.
“There was so much enthusiasm over what was seen and experienced,” said Mark Mazarella, Education Coordinator for the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. “We will be following up with each attendee to continue to build upon mutually beneficial partnership programs in their respective geographical areas.”