Sgt. Daniel Guerrero

1ABCT PAO

Cpl. George Vonslomski (left), and Spc. Giovonni Salazar (right), pose for a picture after completing a Halloween PT event called the haunted Marne Mile on Fort Stewart, Oct. 31. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Guerrero, 1ABCT Public Affairs)

Soldiers, Families brave the haunted Marne Mile

Soldiers and their Families from the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, braved the “haunted” Marne Mile during a Halloween physical training event on Fort Stewart, Oct. 31. 

The Marne Mile is wooded trail with obstacles place throughout that Soldiers regularly utilize for physical training.

Although the Marne Mile is not actually haunted, 1-41FA used Soldiers in scary costumes, and the cover of early morning darkness, to replicate a scary trail through the woods which few would dare to venture. The other Soldiers and Families of the unit made their way through the treacherous trail, and completed obstacles, while being scared by the “monsters” and “demons” throughout the trail.

“It was a much needed event and a real morale booster,” said Cpl. George Vonslomski, a mechanic from 1-41FA. “Soldiers and their Families coming here showed they really care and it showed that the spouses really support the Soldiers.

The leaders of 1-41 FA designed this event with family in mind and to really bring everyone together as one family unit. As a testament to this, Soldiers were even welcomed to bring their dogs to go through the Marne Mile with them.

“We brought the Families, pets and kids together for a chance for everyone to spend time together and enjoy the each other outside of normal daily stress,” said Capt. Abram Staten, the chaplain for 1-41 FA. “This event definitely provided an opportunity for Soldiers and their Families to come together as well as brought a sense of pride.”

Staten says they plan on next year’s Halloween event to be even bigger, and may possibly invite Soldiers and Families from other battalions to join in their festivities.

The Soldiers and Families of 1-41 FA spent some more time together later that day during the battalion’s “Trunk-or-Treat”, which is an event at which the Soldiers and their Families hand out candy to trick-or-treaters from the trunks or their cars. This is popular Halloween event around Fort Stewart.