The final weeks at Antietam National Battlefield have begun and it is time for one last post. Over the past two weeks, Morgan and I have been privileged with awesome opportunities and have made priceless memories. During our week leading up to Leadership Camp, Morgan and I took advantage of several training opportunities and participated in a special visit to Washington D.C. In addition, we still found time to work in the Park and review weapon procedures at the C&O Canal shooting range.
Morgan and I began the week of July 23 at two different training events. Morgan traveled to Prince William Forest Park for a CPR/First-aid class while I was introduced to Antietam's boundary program as well as Defensive Tactics training. To begin the morning, Ranger Rory Moore explained to me the boundary procedures and allowed me to hike a portion of the boundary for practice. While hiking the boundary, we searched for each survey marker and checked to make sure that they were still in place. These survey markers are extremely critical to park operations, therefore; all steps are taken to prevent their movement or destruction.
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The next ProRanger event was held on Wednesday, July 25 at the Main Interior Building in Washington D.C. In the morning, ProRangers from across the National Capital and Northeast Regions gathered at the National Capital Region Regional Office to prepare for our meeting with National Park Service Deputy Director Peggy O'Dell. While at NCR Headquarters, we were introduced to NCR Regional Director Steve Whitesell as well as Phil Selleck and Einar Olsen. After our meeting with the NCR staff, we loaded into our vehicles and headed to the Main Interior Building.