By Spc. Ben Hutto, 3rd HBCT Public Affairs, 3rd Infantry DivisionMay 7, 2009
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Every television station that covers Fort Benning and the greater Columbus area was in attendance for the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division's Media Day at Fort Benning, April 28.
Reporters from WRBL Channel 3, WTVM Channel 9, WLTZ Channel 38 and Benning TV filmed as Battery A, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, fired their M109 A6 Paladin Howitzers in support of Hammer Focus, the 3rd HBCT's largest field exercise at Fort Benning.
"We are happy to have you guys out here," Capt. Chaz Cannon, the commander of Battery A, said to the reporters. "We really appreciate you coming out and showing our guys in action."
The reporters spent the early morning talking with Soldiers about their equipment, training and Hammer Focus.
"It was really nice to get up close and personal with the Soldiers," said Ashley Ball, a reporter with WRBL. "Columbus is such a military town. Everyone who lives here knows someone that either serves at Fort Benning or works here. Any story we can get out here plays well to our audience."
The 3rd HBCT has ramped up its efforts to have more outside media coverage of its Soldiers. It has recently increased the exposure of the unit by starting a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
The brigade is hoping these new measures will increase the visibility of the unit and keep Families more informed about training and its upcoming deployment.