Fort Benning welcomes Olympians home

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FORT BENNING, Ga – An exciting day at Fort Benning as the post welcomed back its own Olympians.  The US Army Marksmanship Unit received an impressive welcome back.

The excitement started with a drop-in from members of the Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration Team.  The Post welcomed four soldiers with the US Army Marksmanship Unit back from the Olympic Games in Rio.  Friends and family gathered in the stands at Hook Range, looking on with pride.

Each of the competitors values the experience of competing in Rio.

“Knowing you’re with the most powerful nation in the world, it’s just an awesome feeling,” says Glenn Eller, Sergeant First Class.

“The people in Brazil are top-notch and the accommodations that we had were great,” says Michael McPhail, Sergeant First Class.

Specialist Daniel Lowe says it’s hard to pick a best moment because the entire experience was incredible.

“Probably the best moment was walking out during the Opening Ceremony and having the whole stadium cheering for us. That was huge,” says Lowe.

As excited as everyone here is that happiness will carry over into September.  Staff Sergeant John Wayne Joss is getting ready to head to Rio to compete in the Paralympic Games.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited because I’m a competitor, and I look forward to it,” says Joss.

And Friday, the crowd got a sample of the skills that made these men Olympic competitors.

“Even though I’m the one wearing the uniform, there’s this huge team behind me, including a lot of the guys here in this unit, who should be out there with me,” says Joshua Richmond, Sergeant First Class.

And we may very well see these fellows showing off their skills next time around in Tokyo.

The Paralympic Games in Rio run from September 7 – 18.

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