Michele, The Real McCoy Contributor
you for what you are doing. We appreciate what you are doing. It is an
honor for us to be here."
Sgt. 1st Class Anthony
Vandergrinten (right), the Regional Training Center-North
noncommissioned officer in charge, explains the scenario of
Soldiers assaulting a village at a training range at Fort McCoy
to members of the Green Bay Packers football organization. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
were the words of Mark Murphy, president of the Green Bay Packers
National Football League team, when he addressed about 180 Soldiers at
Multipurpose Urban Training Site (MUTS) North and also 105 cadets at
the Wisconsin Army National Guard ChalleNGe Academy at Fort McCoy.
and three players, defensive back Nick Collins, wide receiver Jordy
Nelson and linebacker Brady Poppinga, visited Fort McCoy as part of
their "Touching Down in Your Community" Tailgate Tour.
football quartet scored a lot of points with the 17- and 18-year-old
cadets during a brief question-and-answer session, and each cadet got
to shake hands with each Packer on the way out of the academy assembly
hall after the program.
was really cool," academy cadet Alexa Jolin said after the visit.
"It was a great experience that they came and spent some time
with us and told us things to help us."
told us about thinking positive, about how we can learn from our
mistakes and to keep pushing forward," Jolin said.
told the cadets, "Work hard, get a good education, communicate
well, respect other people, donít be intolerant and find a job you
like and are passionate about."
Members of the Green Bay Packers
football organization address cadets of the ChalleNGe Academy
program at Fort McCoy. (Photo
by Tom Michele)
said, "Have an open mind and open heart, do not have a temper,
take time to be with friends, meditate and reflect on your situations
and donít let anybody limit you. Go out and grab onto your life, and
hold it and run with it."
said, "Have an open mind, know about any situation you are in,
donít be ignorant, believe in yourself, work hard to get a good job,
and take a breath."
four congratulated the cadets on their working hard at their schooling
at the academy. "It took a lot of effort and thought for you to
come here, to take this step, to do the right thing," Nelson
said. "Focus on your education and give that more of an effort.
It is an honor for us to visit you here."
MUTS North, the Packers watched close up as Soldiers from the 447th
Military Police, from Ohio, and 387th Postal, from Missouri, conducted
a simulated assault on a small village where cultural role players and
opposing forces were firing on the Soldiers.
"returned" fire and performed a route clearance tactic. That
was, of course, using blank ammunition. Regional Training Center-North
instructors used artillery simulators and smoke grenades to enhance
member of the Packer quartet then individually addressed the formation
of Soldiers, expressing their thanks and appreciation for the Soldiersí
service and for their upcoming overseas tour of duty.
it was picture time, as the Green Bay quartet posed with various
groups of Soldiers for keepsake memories.
(Michele is a public
affairs specialist for Eagle Systems and Services Inc., contractor for
CONUS Support Base Services.)