By JULIA BOBICK
More than 230 Soldiers and civilians from the Recruiting Command Headquarters abandoned their cubicles and hit the streets of Fort Knox last week—literally. Armed with maps and water bottles, teams of Headquarters staff members embarked on an urban orienteering course, locating selected historical items of interest on post as part of the USAREC commanding general’s leadership development activity Aug. 28.
The Secretary of the General Staff and Headquarters Company mapped out some 20 locations for teams to find within walking distance of the Saber & Quill. At each stop, teams read about the historical significance of the location and took team photos as proof they were there.
USAREC Secretary of the General Staff Maj. Ed Thompson said they compiled the historical photos and vignettes with the help of Matthew Rector, a historic presentation specialist in the cultural resources section of the Fort Knox Environmental Management Division. Locations included the old post hospital (until 1942) that now serves as the Cadet Command headquarters, Ireland Army Community Hospital built in 1957, the former Armored Medical Research Laboratory (Bldg. 1022) where research scientists conducted climatic studies on Soldiers, the restored Waybur Theater named after a World War II Medal of Honor recipient, and the etchings on the chimneys of the houses along Fourth and Fifth Streets that serve as a reminder of Fort Knox’s past as a prisoner of war camp for Italian and German POWs from February 1944 to June 1946.
All the teams completed the orienteering course and concluded the afternoon activity with a short training session on available Army civilian training and leader development oppor-tunities. The staff has already begun planning the next headquarters leadership development activity.
Learn more about the history of Fort Knox at http://www.knox. army.mil/About/History.aspx.