Ft. Benning building bridges

By Laura Ann Sills - email

FT. BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Bridges are being built on Ft. Benning, and they are connecting the Department of Defense with the greater community.

Soldiers with the 11th Engineer Battalion were literally building a bridge across the Chattahoochee as part of a training exercise.  They were also connecting with civilians as part of a leadership program.

Almost 70 people worked with soldiers to get raft pieces put together and a military vehicle across the river.

"It is an exposure to what our war fighter does every single day.  What the equipment is that they have to work with what their quality of life issues are," explained Director of the Executive Leadership Development Program Kimberly Kessler.

Today's event is just one part of the 10 month program that is both mentally and physically challenging.  The goal is to give future leader in the Department of Defense an appreciation so they can make positive decisions.

Soldiers said it was good to see civilians care about what they do day to day.

"It is a good thing to see them support us, not many people get to see what we do. So, it is a good feeling to have somebody come out and watch us build," said Sgt. Marvis Dixon.

The Battalion at Ft. Benning is one of only five companies that have this type of bridge building training.

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