Middle schoolers learn about life as a soldier

Students from the Northern Hills got hands on training in Fort Meade on Monday - learning what it's like for a day in the life of a soldier.

Kids from Sturgis, Spearfish, and Newell took over the Fort Meade campus, moving through a variety of stations at Monday’s event.
Some of the activities included making their way through an obstacle course, physical training, and other activities.
But there's a deeper meaning behind the two-day event.

Lieutenant Colonel Wyatt Hansen, Administrative Officer at the 196th Regiment in Fort Meade says, "We put it together about five years to give kids an appreciation of what service members have gone through. It's a way for us to give back to the community. We're all veterans. It's a good way to educate our youth on what veterans do."

The 'Day in the Life of a Soldier' event began as Veterans Day program for Sturgis students but has since expanded.
The two-day event wraps up on Tuesday.