Members of the Military Learn from the Past

Midshipmen LearningDuring the past couple of days, midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy have been using Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow as part of their training. The midshipmen—all senior engineering students—were studying the remains of the colonial wharves and other cultural and natural assets located on the Brunswick Town waterfront. They are also working with state archaeologists and other preservationists to come up with solutions for protect these historic wharves and other assets.  Brunswick Town isn’t alone in its outreach to and use by members of the military. Troops take tours of Bentonville Battleground in Four Oaks to learn lessons from 19th century battle techniques and apply them to today’s combat situations. Modern medical units also help out with some of Bentonville’s heath-themed living history programs, contrasting Civil War with modern field medicine Just this past weekend, members of the National Guard were at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach for a simulated war exercise, where soldiers practice their tactical and planning skills in situations designed to mirror real-life challenges they could face. The fort hosts soldiers for similar exercises throughout the year.

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