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What a great day of fun this was!

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 35 of your fellow alumni had the opportunity to participate in one of premier annual activities of Range Day.  What a fun way to spend time networking with alumni, see things blown up, witness a SWAT Team demonstration of a mock hostage rescue exercise and best of all get to shoot off some firearms!  The event took place at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Training Center, our gracious host JJ Drews with the FBI, started us off with a safety briefing and an outline of the mornings activities.  Once that was completed off to the observation deck to witness the perfect execution of a SWAT Team scenario, these men put their lives on the line each and every day and spend countless hours in training fine tuning their skills.  Next on the agenda was the Bomb Squad demonstration, where they utilized many different chemical combinations such as what was used in the “Under wear Bomber scenario” as well as various other means of bomb disposal, some of which ended in massive flames.   Kerry Straub of the FBI passed around inert devices so that we could see firsthand the tools of their trade.  While both of these demonstrations were great I think we all agreed we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the firepower ourselves.  We had the opportunity to shoot 6 different weapons from a revolver, 9mm, M-4 assault rifle, semi-automatic pistols and a shotgun that really packed a punch!  We had instructors with us at each station to help instruct on the use of each weapon and to be there for guidance in honing in on our shooting skills, they were a big help!  Finally after all of that fun we were then treated to a delicious specially prepared lunch hosted by no other than our own alumni member Clif Holt of Little Savannah Restaurant in Birmingham.  It was the perfect way to end the day.  Thank you again Clif for supporting this activity.  If you did not get to participate this year, you will not want to miss it when it comes around next year.  All in all it was a great day!

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Updated on: 27 Nov 2017

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