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Local Soldiers Teach Orienteering Class to Area High School Students

Published May 24, 2007

Va. – Three Soldiers assigned to the Army's Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) in Alexandria will teach an introduction to orienteering class to 40 10th grade students at Fairfax County’s R.E. Lee High School on Friday, May 25th, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Orienteering is a cross-country sport in which competitors use a map and compass to find their way through unfamiliar terrain. Sergeants Brian Follmer, Jason Redmon, and Sylvia Tumball are teaching the three-day course, which consists of classroom and field instruction. Students are using a compass and pace count to navigate their way across the campus in order to find several points on a pre-set course.

Sergeants Follmer, Redmon, and Tumball are geospatial engineers assigned to TEC's Terrain Team. They use geographic information systems to exploit and analyze terrain information and imagery, and to create products that enable Soldiers to better visualize their operational environments in support of Department of Defense missions during the Global War on Terror.

All three Soldiers are combat veterans, having served tours in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Release no. 07-013