Tammy Wilbur-Hoistad, is a former military spouse who said she has spent 16 years around the military. In her capacity as relations program manager at Corvias, Wilbur-Hoistad joined 24 others, Oct. 26, to participate in Leadership Fort Bragg.
LFB exposes community leaders to some of the workings of Fort Bragg, while strengthening the relationship between installation personnel and the community. It is hosted by staff of the Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office Community Relations team.
Some of the day’s activities included a briefing from Maj. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera, deputy commander of Fort Bragg and the XVIII Airborne Corps, tours of the Virtual Training Facility and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team barracks, a jump from the 34-foot jump tower, as well as lunch at the 2nd BCT/18th Fires Brigade Dining Facility.
Wilbur-Hoistad said she enjoyed the jump tower. “I did forget how scary it was to step off the ledge a little bit, but it was fun.”
Akilah Davis, reporter, WTVD was hesitant to jump off the tower, but ultimately worked up the courage.
“I was initially terrified, but after seeing so many other people doing it, I thought I could do it, too,” she explained.
Additionally, exposure to actions such as simulated route clearance, responding to an active shooter and wheeled-vehicle movement in a combat-stressed environment, seemed beneficial.
“It’s (the tour) really informative,” said Wilbur-Hoistad. “Being able to see the breakdown of the units brings it more to light.”
Telly Whitfield, assistant city manager, City of Fayetteville, said it helped increase the respect he already has for the military and for Fort Bragg.
“It put a lot of things in perspective for me — just the amount of training necessary to execute (any mission) on a daily basis,” he said.
For Spc. Alexander Ripley, a Soldier assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, serving as an Airborne “buddy” to LFB members presented a great opportunity.
“It’s a cool experience to show people what it’s like to basically be in our shoes and a little bit of what we do in the military,” Ripley said.