A great trip – US Army – Michael Molinaro

As I write my final blog for my college career, I reflect on what an amazing experience this has been. Working with this unit has been rewarding to say the least. The soldiers and civilians I got to work with throughout the week took me in from the beginning and never treated me as anybody other than one of their own. The work I got to do was simply wonderful. From creating new branding to photographing international sporting events, this semester I learned so much. This past week the unit’s service rifle team hosted a Boy Scout troop from Atlanta.

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These Soldiers are exactly who we want protecting us and representing us to the world. I mean, one minute they are competing against Russians, Chinese, Germans and the rest of the world in competitive shooting, the next day they are taking those lessons they learned and using them to train their peers who are preparing to go overseas and possibly use those skills in combat, and then they host 12- and 13-year olds and make those kids feel on top of the world.

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Few units in our Army have that capability, so I feel very fortunate to work this great organization. I will certainly take everything I learned here and in the classroom into my future endeavors. I can’t believe that in less than two weeks I get to finally walk the stage, in front of my children, and show them that if Daddy can do it, anybody can do whatever they out their minds too. I may have done college the unconventional way, waiting until I was 40 to graduate, but all that matters is that degree and being able to prove to my kids that hard work pays off.

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Hands On Behind the Scenes – NPACE – Leonard Hood

This was a fun week interning because it was another very hands on week. Not only did I produce more audio for the shows that people in NPACE are working on, I helped record a theme song for “Tv Turnt Up”. The producers of the show had a student with lyrical talent,  write a short 50 second introduction to one of the instrumentals I produced, and I then recorded him and edited all of the sounds. It was fun because it reminded me of some of the things I enjoyed doing when I was growing up.  Fast-forward to today,  I was a camera man for one of the shows being produced called “iNto Columbus”. I was using a GH3 camera with extra features hooked up to it like a wireless microphone and a larger screen on top. It was fun to get that experience and I felt like I was a part of something professional. I even got a chance to record Miss Columbus, Hayley Henderson.

My perspective from behind the camera.

My perspective from behind the camera.

 

 

Sports trumps politics any day – US Army – Michael Molinaro

So one would think that, after the success and work involved with the Army Strong Experience last week, we might be able to slow down a bit to catch our breath and start planning the next thing. Oh no. this is the Army and we don’t take breaks. The AMU is now hosting the first Shooting World Cup of the 2014 season.

World Cup USA
Shooting is one of the oldest sports in the world, has been in the Olympics since the early 1900s, and is hugely popular on Europe. So the World Cup brings the top rifle and pistol shooters from the world together three times a year to see who wins that match, and these matches are held to qualify countries and athletes for the next Summer Olympics. The next one is in 2016 in Rio, so the athletes are starting to get a little tense as 2016 approaches faster than you think. The first day the AMU gunsmiths had to inspect all of the clothing, guns, and gear shooters wear and use.

Equipment Control
The jackets have to have certain elasticity, the shoes can’t weigh more than a certain weight, and the rifles have to be exact to the rulebook and much more. Way more detail then to go into in this blog. Then the shooters started to train.

Training
It is really neat to see athletes from every continent here. We even have Chinese and Russians, which with the current political climate; it seems a little weird that they are allowed on one of our military bases. But that’s what makes sports great. Sports don’t involve politics. It’s all about sportsmanship and competition. Only here can you see a Russian, an American and a Chinese shooter share a conversation that doesn’t involve talking about their president or border or about war. It’s refreshing.