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.


 
 

 
Jolene Cooper, MVC

Homes await military Families: MVC has available housing in most post neighborhoods

Jolene Cooper, MVC A currently unoccupied home in Miles Manor 1 is available to a Family of a Service member E1 through E-6. Unlike most homes in that housing area, it is a single unit. All nearby homes are located less than a ...
 
 

Recycle cooking oil, grease after Thanksgiving Day

After you’re done with the turkey and stuffing next week, take cooking oil and grease to be recycled at one of the two City of Sierra Vista year-round grease collection sites, free of charge. In previous years, Sierra Vista has set up a special grease collection site on the day after Thanksgiving. “This year, we’re...
 
 

Army Community Service focuses on Families

Family Advocacy Program Army Community Service personnel extend a “Thank You,” to enthusiastic supporters, and to those who attended October’s Open House. ACS is also grateful to “Purple Friday,” folks who stepped up to the plate to wear purple on Fridays, during October, to make a statement against intimate partner abuse. If there is truth...
 

 

Army & Air Force Exchange Service sets Thanksgiving holiday hours

Launderette Always Open Main Exchange Thursday: Closed Friday: 4 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Furniture/Outdoor Living Thursday: Closed Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Main Store Barbershop, Flower Shop, General Nutrition Center, Mobile Center, Optical Shop,...
 
 

Chalk Talk

Colonel Johnston Elementary School Suzanne Briseno’s first grade class is learning different strategies in math to help them become more fluent in addition and subtraction. They are practicing skip counting by 5s, 10s and 2s. In reading, the students are learning different reading strategies to help them become good readers. They are practicing sight words...
 
 

Exchange doubles savings on gas today, Saturday for MILITARY STAR® Card users

DALLAS — As the hectic — and sometimes pricey — holiday shopping season approaches, Army & Air Force Exchange Service Express locations worldwide are doubling the discount MILITARY STAR® cardholders receive on fuel, helping to keep shoppers’ wallets from running on empty. Through Saturday, drivers fueling up with their MILITARY STAR® card at Army and...
 




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