Wounded Warriors gather for annual deer hunt

By Michael Meisberger

Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir Warrior Transition Unit converged on Fort A.P. Hill for the 11th annual 2-day Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt, Dec. 11-12. Garrison volunteers, along with tenant units, such as the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Center, the Asymmetric Warfare Training Complex, and several local businesses, especially Pop’s Shop, the Association of the United States Army, and Mayor David Storke, Bowling Green, Virginia, made this hunt an unforgettable experience for the Warriors.

Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir Warrior Transition Unit gather for a group photo before heading out to their deerstands.

Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir Warrior Transition Unit gather for a group photo before heading out to their deerstands. Photo by Michael Meisberger

This year’s hunt was a tremendous success with eight wounded Warriors harvesting 10 deer, said Command Sgt. Maj. Ho. He made it a point to present Russell Harvey, owner, Pop’s Shop with a commander’s coin, for providing each Warrior with coolers of  professionally processed meat as he had for all the previous hunts. He also thanked all the behind-the scene efforts of the garrison volunteers as well as the Directorate of Family,
Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff for offering use of the new Hilltop cabins, cookers, and who provided various meals for the hunters, guides and support team throughout their stay here.

“This year we really have had a great time,” stated Steve Delovich, AUSA. “I have done 14 of these hunts and they just keep getting better and better.”

Steve Delovich, AUSA, and Russell Harvey, Pop’s Shop, review the check cards that the hunters will take home with their processed deer meat.

Steve Delovich, AUSA, and Russell Harvey, Pop’s Shop, review the check cards that the hunters will take home with their processed deer meat. Photo by Michael Meisberger.

Lance Didlake, range control officer, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, said that this was the smoothest hunt yet by far. “So many volunteers and directorates came together to provide what was needed,” he said. Something he credits
to Ho who he says provided top-notch coordination and motivation.

The sergeant major really pulled everyone together to create the best Wounded Warrior Hunt to date, Didlake said.

Madelaine Perrotte, DPTMS, Stacey Clingan, EOD, and Marsha Beazley, DPW, prepare burgers and hotdogs for the hunters and guides. They were part of the volunteer staff who supported the hunters throughout their stay at Fort A.P. Hill. This, according to Command Sgt. Maj. W. Alex Ho, garrison command sergeant major, helped make this an unforgettable hunting experience for the wounded Warriors.

Madelaine Perrotte, DPTMS, Stacey Clingan, EOD, and Marsha Beazley, DPW, prepare burgers and hotdogs for the hunters and guides. They were part of the volunteer staff who supported the hunters throughout their stay at Fort A.P. Hill. This, according to Command Sgt. Maj. W. Alex Ho, garrison command sergeant major, helped make this an unforgettable hunting experience for the wounded Warriors. Photo by Michael Meisberger

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2 Responses to Wounded Warriors gather for annual deer hunt

  1. Michael L Wine says:

    I am not military but have the up most respect for all of all of our armed forces. I am very pleased to see things being done for our great men and women of the armed forces. It would give me great pleasure to be able to give my time to help with this event. I do a lot of cooking and bbqing and enjoy doing this. I would like someone to contact me. I am in law enfocement and our family is as tight as the military family.

    • Mr. Wine, Fort A.P. Hill is seeking sponsors for the upcoming Wounded Warrior Hunt. Should your law enforcement organization wish to sponsor a meal, or an event, please contact Mr. Trent Crowder, marketing/sponsorship coordinator at (804) 633-8307. Thank you for offering your support to these Hero’s.

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