The tricommunity rallied Friday for the community sponsored Warrior Games Torch Run. More than 200 Soldiers, family members, civilian employees and citizens gathered for the kick off at the Columbus Consolidated Government Center.
SGT Daniel Gaddison presented a wooden torch, made by Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers who are members of a wood turning club.
The 7.8-mile torch run was a send off for WTB Soldiers SSG Ruben Rosas-Rodriguez, SGT Matthew Harvey, SPC Chris Strickland and SPC Robert Nuss, who participated in the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado. The trainers were with SFC Ronald Black and SSG Danny Hill.
Cross country runners from Faith Middle School and other runners joined the group as they entered the installation at the Main Gate. They ran to the National Infantry Museum where Sharon Lyons, director of the West Central Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross, presented track suits, an archery bow and symbolic guns to the four Soldiers representing the WTB at the games.
“This run from Columbus to Fort Benning represents the solidarity between the community and Fort Benning, Americans and the American Soldier,” said LTC Sean Mulcahey, WTB commander. “And demonstrates the enduring support of our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers who have sacrificed for the freedom of America, HOOAH!”