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.
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.”
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.