Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op members witnessed basic training first ha - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op members witnessed basic training first hand

Posted: Updated:

FORT SILL, Okla._More than 40 members of the Lawton Fort Sill Co-Op got the chance to tag along with new soldiers and see what basic training is like.

They were able to see several events like a 40 fort rappelling tower, a gas chamber and even a combat simulator. The Co-Op exists to strengthen the relationship between the City of Lawton and the military community of Fort Sill.

The first event for the wide eyed civilians was Treadwell Tower. It’s meant to put a little fear in you but also there so you can conquer your fears. For basic trainees and the civilians alike, it's a little nerve racking.

"When I first saw that wall I was ‘well I have always been the kind that isn't very adventurous so I don't see how they do it’," said Executive Vice President of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, Beverly Orr.

They also got a chance to engage the United States Army's worst enemy, turkeys

"We got to shoot turkeys and after a hundred shots I managed to kill nine, so that's pretty good," said Orr.

They shot the turkeys using the Army's Engagement Skills Trainer 2000. It's like a big video game that trains soldiers and civilians on how to properly operate a rifle.

"It's amazing how it feels so real. It really does feel real. I mean, we were all lined up there and we were all talking about how the weight of it feels right and they have the magazines they putting into it for us and showing us how that works," explained Orr.

Unless you join the Army, chances like this can be once in a lifetime. It's something these Co-Op members will remember for a long time.

"I mean, we are only on the other side of the fence from Fort Sill but we don't necessarily know what all goes on and so it's interesting to be able to get an opportunity to see that and understand more when you see those soldiers in Lawton, what they have been going through," said Orr.

It's an experience many wished could have lasted longer but a taste is all you really need to see how dedicated these soldiers are.

On a side note, the fourth annual Fort Sill Polo Classic starts Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on the Polo Field. It’s a free event that Fort Sill has done since the 1920's.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Local food bank in ramping up their third annual Empty Bowls event

    Local food bank in ramping up their third annual Empty Bowls event

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:00:15 GMT
    The third annual Empty Bowls event will be held on Tuesday, October 21st from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University located at #2 Eureka Circle.
    The third annual Empty Bowls event will be held on Tuesday, October 21st from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University located at #2 Eureka Circle.
  • Prosecutors charge Oklahoma officer with rape

    Prosecutors charge Oklahoma officer with rape

    Saturday, August 30 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-08-30 13:40:59 GMT
    An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with 16 counts that include rape and sexual battery after authorities said he attacked at least eight women while on patrol.
    An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with 16 counts that include rape and sexual battery after authorities said he attacked at least eight women while on patrol.
  • SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    SkyWARN 7 Forecast

    Saturday, August 30 2014 5:42 AM EDT2014-08-30 09:42:33 GMT
    Weather- Clear Skies RotatorWeather- Clear Skies Rotator
    Temperatures Climbing Back Up...
    Temperatures Climbing Back Up...
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.