A group of 25 educators stopped at the U. S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research on their tour of Fort Detrick, Md., Aug 21-22. David Trader explained the purpose of blue gill fish monitoring in local water supplies for any abnormalities.

In an effort to educate a group of teachers from the Harrisburg, Pa., area about military life, the Fort Detrick (Md.) Army Garrison hosted a two-day tour, Aug. 21-22, showing the group there is more to the military than being deployed.

In a two-day period, the group of 25 toured facilities such as the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease, 302nd Signal Brigade, and the U.S. Army Center of Environmental Health Research. The group also had the opportunity to interact with members of Fort Detrick's education outreach program to learn about education opportunities in the military, as well as opportunities for middle school and high school students at local military installations.

"I was totally amazed with the entire tour. The STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] inclusion was great," said Master Sgt. Willard Jones, Aerospace Science instructor. "An overall awesome workshop -- well organized, well-focused, excellent leadership, and excellent meals. Thanks for a tremendous couple of days."

Participants also commented that they enjoyed the formal and informal interaction with Soldiers. Each day, the group had ample opportunity to ask questions and hear the stories of where some of the Soldiers came from, why they joined the Army, and how it has impacted their lives.

"There was so much enthusiasm over what was seen and experienced," said Mark Mazarella, Education Coordinator for the Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. "We will be following up with each attendee to continue to build upon mutually beneficial partnership programs in their respective geographical areas."

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