23. May 2011 08:25
Just recently Brian Taggart and his wife Mary of Whitewater, WI, put together some donations to be sent to the troops of the 40th Battalion from Ft. Leavenworth, KY. Their mission was to restock a traditional archery range, from scratch, at Camp Cropper, Iraq. They called upon members and Bowyers of the WTA (Wisconsin Traditional Archery) to help gather supplies. At one time there was an archery range at the camp, but it has been long gone. They feel the equipment will be a big morale boost after a long days’ work.
The soldiers have been assigned to detention duties for a prison containing some of the top “bad guys”. Their current responsibility is to keep an eye on 200 detainees. They work 12 hour shifts 6 days a week. The current schedule is to turn full responsibility over to the Iraqi forces in Feb 2012. The plan is that the 40th may be the last to serve in official detention responsibilities.
Over 15 bows, 140 arrows, targets, gloves, tabs, DVD’s, magazines and stringers have been sent. Kevin and Sue Termaat of RER bows donated 5 new custom bows as well as several other WTA members have donated to the cause. The materials were received on May 10, 2011. Operation Full Draw was a huge success. Many soldiers have never held a traditional bow yet alone shot one. Working long hours being able to “unplug” and enjoy the traditional equipment will be a great way to pass the time. Some of the soldiers use compounds but are very excited about getting back to their roots with the challenge of traditional archery. Thanks to all who have served, are still serving and the loved ones left at home. Without their ultimate sacrifice we would not be able to enjoy this great sport of archery.