The Fifth Annual Combat Warrior "Old Drum Outing" was a success! With the support of the volunteers and sponsors we are able to give these soldiers and their families a weekend full of fishing, shooting range activities, sightseeing, gifts, prizes and most importantly quality time together!
The soldiers and their children arrived on Friday afternoon. That evening the Harker’s Island Fire Department made a special visit. Everyone really enjoyed the ladder truck display. Trooper Chad Taylor with the Highway Patrol also took time to come by and visit with the kids. This was a great start to the weekend!
Saturday morning some spent time at the North River Sporting Club, while others went bottom fishing. At the sporting club the kids were educated on proper technique and safe handling of guns and the soldiers engaged in some friendly competition on the range and skeet shooting. After lunch we gathered to present the soldiers and kids with gifts. That evening we headed to Cedar Island for the main event, fishing for old red drum. James Houston and friends, Sam and Kody fishing with Trey and Brett Burnette caught the largest drum. John Ray and son, Zane, fishing with Jim Strickland, Jason Luchetti and sons Lucas and Nicholas fishing with Brent and Brad Morris and Chase Goggin with son, Caleb fishing with Larry Burnette all had a nice catch or two!
Sunday we gathered again for breakfast and took a boat trip over to Cape Lookout for more site seeing and a tour of the lighthouse.
Our fifth event was particularly special because we were able to host several Gold Star kids for the first time, and how exciting it was when they won the prize for the largest catch of the weekend! What an honor it was to spend time with these kids!
A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and sponsors that make this possible!
It is such a privilege to be involved in this event. We could never thank these warriors and their families enough for all the sacrifices they have made to ensure our safety and freedom.