FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Seventeen Congressional Staff Delegates from the House and the Senate, visited Fort Stewart last week from June 29 to July 1.

They did so to get a better understanding of the Army, Fort Stewart, and the current climate at the Rock of the Marne.

During their visit they toured the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield footprint extensively. Experiencing many aspects of what it means to be a Dog-Face Soldier.

From learning about the facilities available on both installations to running obstacle courses, from attending military ceremonies to hopping on a helicopter in order to fly out to a field site and fire weapons, they did it all.

They even ate an MRE for lunch one day.

All was according to plan, explained Col. Scott A. Jackson, Chief, Senate Liaison Division, Chief of Legislative Liaison [OCLL], United States Department of the Army, and a long-time member of the 3rd ID.

"One thing I've learned since leaving Fort Stewart and serving in the Senate Liaison Division is that although we most definitely work for the President, the Army also has a very strong relationship with Congress. Everything we do is authorized and appropriated through Congress," explained Jackson. "The money associated with our housing … the budgets for maintaining our equipment… the vehicles we have … policy such as the benefit of the commissary… it is all worked through or comes from Congress in some way, so it is important for the staffers to understand the impact of those resources, the impact of what they do, and what that in turn means for those down here at Fort Stewart, so they can make good, well informed policy decisions."