Local

September 27, 2012

Wounded warriors escape to Arizona ‘Portal’

Tags:
FH-SV AUSA

War stories abounded over the weekend of Sept. 14 – 16 as four wounded warriors shared their experiences of the Global War on Terrorism and their tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan with several Vietnam veterans as part of the first Wounded Warrior Weekend Getaway, sponsored by the Fort Huachuca-Sierra Vista Chapter of the Association of the United States Army and the Arizona Territorial Chapter of AUSA.

Three members of the warrior transition unit located on Fort Huachuca, and a medically retired wounded warrior from the Phoenix area were treated to a weekend of horseback riding, quad riding, hiking, mini-horse carriage rides and the opportunity to view the stars and sun through specialized telescopes provided by a local astronomer. The action took place at the DD Gamble Guest Lodge and the Hideout Ranch, both located near Portal.

The hosts of DD Gamble Guest Lodge, Tom and Alicia Davidson, prepared the meals and everyone enjoyed sitting down with the hosts and local guests, many of whom were Vietnam veterans. The Davidsons also own miniature horses and gave classes on how to drive a mini horse-drawn carriage, and allowed the guests to help feed their herd of more than 30 mini horses. Craig and Tamara Lawson, owners of the Hideout Ranch, provided a morning of horseback riding that gave the participants a chance to “ride the range.” Astronomers Ray and Dori Brooks shared their specialized telescopes to allow star gazing Saturday night and sun gazing early Sunday morning.

The FH-SV Chapter of AUSA worked with the WTU leadership, sister AUSA chapter leaders, and with the hosts of DD Gamble Guest Lodge and the Hideout Ranch to coordinate this unique weekend getaway. The Lawley Automotive Group provided transportation for the Fort Huachuca wounded warriors, Capt. Anna Patton, Sgt. Laurentin Walker, Spc. Steven Hays and a wounded warrior from Phoenix, Spc. Richard Cruz.

Alicia Davidson, DD Gamble Guest Lodge, said, “We had such a wonderful time with the honored guests,” and she further noted, “I don’t know who had more fun — you folks or us.”

That was the sentiment of Walker and Hays, who commented on the ride back to Fort Huachuca that they had a great time, and asked when we would be doing something like this again. Cruz said he enjoyed the weekend so much he’d like to move to the Portal area so he could enjoy the atmosphere full time.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
UoA5_20140815_Flynn

U of A Wildcats football team visits fort, meets Soldiers, leaders

Head coach of the University of Arizona football team, Rich Rodriguez and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca’s Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, take time to catch up with each other ...
 
 
Amy Sunseri

Steelhead Triathlon’s 20th anniversary means more than just competition

Amy Sunseri Leo Carrillo runs across the finish line during the July 10, 2010, Steelhead Triathlon. Carrillo won that year’s triathlon for the second year in a row, with a time of 1:00:43.6. For the 20th year in a row, the lo...
 
 
pg13-pic

News Briefs August 22, 2014

All Army Boxing Championship here soon Tanja Linton Female boxers Sgt. Felisha Estrada, an Army World Class Athlete Program member from Colorado, left, and 2nd Lt. Giovanna Camacho, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, u...
 

 

FMWR Briefs – August 22, 2014

Sesame Street/USO Experience coming to FH The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families will visit Fort Huachuca Sunday with special shows at Barnes Field House at 2 and 6 p.m. The show focuses on the challenges of deployments and their impact on military youth. During the performance, Elmo and his Sesame pals will help Katie...
 
 
Melissa Buckley

Soldier Show comes to Sierra Vista next week

Melissa Buckley Members of the U.S. Army Soldier Show perform at Abram’s Theater, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, July 31. The 2014 production of the Soldier Show hits town next week. The public is invited to attend this live show at ...
 
 
Buena-Football-2_2014.8

Football season approaches: Buena High School Colts practice on post’s turf field

Buena High School varsity football players perform warm-up exercises before their inter-squad scrimmage Aug. 13 on Bujalski Field. The on-post practice helped the team’s 50 players prepare for away-games on artificial turf fi...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin