FORT STEWART, Ga. – Soldiers’ spouses from 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, had an opportunity to participate in a battalion Spouse Spur Ride on May 27, 2021, at Fort Stewart, Georgia. The event allowed spouses an opportunity to experience a day in the life of their Soldier.
The event started with spouses participating in an Army Combat Fitness Test, a two-mile ruck and a qualification on the M4 Carbine. The Spur Ride not only pushed the spouses to their physical limits but helped build unit camaraderie. Additionally, by overcoming challenges similar to the one their Soldiers face often, the spouses gained a new appreciation for their Soldiers.
“The Spouse Spur Ride was a fun team-building event and gave us a taste of what our Soldiers go through,” said Heather Looney, spouse of Lt. Col. Brian Looney, 9th BEB commander.
Lt. Col. Looney believed the event brought the spouses closer together causing stronger bonds and friendships. Those participating admitted that they did not exactly know what to expect at first but were able to enjoy completing the events with their Soldiers.
“I think the Spouse Spur Ride is a great way to give the spouses an inside look at the tasks we do regularly in the Army. It allowed wives and husbands to bond with their Soldier and better understand the military occupation,” said 1st Lt. Amanda Atkinson.