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The first gender-integrated Army Ranger Course graduated Aug. 21 with two women and 94 men receiving their Ranger Tab at Victory Pond.Capt. Kristen Griest, an MP with 716th Military Police Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache pilot with 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, started training with the first gender-integrated Ranger Course, Class 06-15, in April. They recycled Darby Phase twice, and then were offered a Day One recycle to ultimately graduate as part of Class 08-15.
The Archery Shooters Association Fort Benning Shoot took place Aug. 21 at Uchee Creek Campground and Marina.A team from Fort Rucker, Alabama, consisting of Josh Belden, 6th Military Police Detachment, and retired Soldiers.Jeff Denzine, Wade Boynton and Wes Murphy were paired with ASA professional Donnie Meadows and took first place at the shoot. The team walked away with the Fort Benning trophy, with a mounted golden arrow.
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Adam R. Hernandez, 28, had been in the U.S. Navy for eight years and wanted to make a career out of it. He was "fearless and full of life, eager to go skydiving, scuba diving, or kayak shark fishing in Hawaii where he was stationed," said Ruth Rivas, his mom.But in June 2012, Hernandez took his own life."Instead of attending my son's re-enlistment ceremony, I had to lay my son to rest," Rivas said. "I truly believe that spice took over my sons mind and caused him to take his life."
About 45 minutes from the main entrance to Fort Benning stands the perfect place for a day trip - Pine Mountain, Georgia, and its many trails.A few weeks ago my husband and I began looking for more outdoor activities that were dog friendly; with the weather finally warming up, we wanted more places to take our almost 100-pound puppy, Apollo, so he could let out some of his pent up energy. We found out about the Pine Mountain trails from a friend at the on-post dog park, and decided to give it a try.