FORT KNOX, Ky. –
U.S. Army Recruiting Command hosted its annual National Educator Tour at Fort Carson, Colorado, June 5-9.
This event is key in informing educators and community leaders attending from across the country on the opportunities and possibilities that the Army has to offer.
“Service is all about investing in our future,” said Maj. Gen. Johnny Davis, USAREC commanding general. “I think there is an awareness issue out there regarding the amazing opportunities the Army provides, and I need the help of teammates like you to get the message out.”
During the first day, educators enjoyed watching the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, demonstration along with meeting the Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard. Participants experienced lunch with Soldiers at the James R. Wolf Ivy Warrior Restaurant and heard from several culinary specialists about their Army story. After lunch, they were able to check out equipment such as a Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle, Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and M1 Abrams Tank from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, bomb suit from 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal, and watch skills demonstrations from a military working dog assigned to the 759th Military Police Battalion. Educators then put their aim to the test with the 10th Special Forces Group shooting pistols and rifles at their outdoor range.
On the second day, participants asked questions to a panel of Soldiers and experienced Close Combat Tactical Trainer and Simulator. The educators also received capabilities briefings from 1st Space Brigade and 4th Infantry Division. Lastly, they met with members of the World Class Athlete Program while touring their facilities and participating in demonstrations.
For the final day, educators toured Army housing and the Evans Army Hospital where they observed Combat Medic Sustainment Training. Afterward, they watched an Army Marksmanship Unit demonstration and put their aim to the test a second time. Participants learned about serving in the uniform as a musician and were entertained by the 4th ID Band and the 313th Army Reserve Band at McMahon Auditorium.
In addition to the hands-on demonstrations, the educators learned about free online resources the Army offers, including March2Success, a study program for standardized tests, and the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, an attitude test and interest assessment tool.
The command’s senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Shade Munday, wants educators to continue sharing what they have learned.
“We appreciate your support, and what you learned out here; your experiences and your relationships matter,” said Munday. “What we hope is that you take it back and not just educate the students but your family, friends and fellow teachers out there. It isn’t the Army or education, it’s the Army and education.”