Fort Walker in the Community

By Michael MeisbergerOctober 23, 2023

People looking at EOD equipment and an EOD modified MRAP during the Bowling Green Harvest Festival on October 20, 2023.
Festival goers marvel at an M1227 Panther MRAP (Photo Credit: Chris Hall) VIEW ORIGINAL

BOWLING GREEN Va. – Elements from Fort Walker Fire Department, Police, Safety, Range Control, Public Affairs, DFMWR, as well as the Fort Gregg-Adams EOD annex and Fredericksburg, VA US Army Recruiters were on display at the Bowling Green Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 21.

The 3rd largest fall festival in all of Virginia, Bowling Green’s Harvest Fest draws over 10,000 guests annually, featuring a classic car show, live music venues, crafts, food vendors and more. Fort Walker has traditionally participated with a small table featuring information about the “3Rs” (Recognize, Retreat, Report) unexploded ordinance program. This year, with cooperation among all the Fort Walker directorates; 6 Company, Baltimore Bn, USAREC; and the EOD annex from Fort Gregg-Adams, we were able to deliver a large US Army presence for all the visitors of the event.

Wide-eyed children got to crawl inside an M1227 Panther, learn how to operate a battery-powered jaws-of-life, sit behind the wheel of a fire engine, learn how to escape a smoke-filled home in our smoke trailer, and were educated on what to do in the event they encountered UXO in the environment. This “Know your Army” event was a thorough success and thousands of people came away with favorable impressions of Fort Walker, the US Army, and our uniformed soldiers and DA Civilians alike.