Wendover project gets help from local company
By 1st Lt TeriLee Hammond
Desert Hawk Encampment PAO
On June 11, the restoration project received a donation from the Robinson/KGHM Mining company, which has large transport trucks that drive past the facility that the wing uses for their yearly cadet encampment.
Each year, close to 150 cadet and senior (adult) members converge on the facility to participate in the encampment. Most of the activities happen on the joint training facility property as well as the historic WWII dining hall. The Encampment also holds many of the activities at the famous Enola Gay hanger. The cadets march from the facility to the hanger on a road that is used by the large haul trucks from the mine.
As safety is always a priority at the encampment, the wing wanted to speak with the drivers on the issues and concerns that arise with trucks and cadets sharing the same road. One of the trucks was stopped to discuss those concerns, and a conversation was struck up about what we do and the facility we use. The restoration project was discussed, and it was explained how we are trying to make this a better place for the cadets and senior members, but that the encampment is fully self-funded by members who participate in the training and that funding is always a challenge.
The wing later discovered that upon returning to the mine, the driver briefed his supervisor about the cadets and the project. The supervisor was impressed that the wing took the time to discuss safety with their drivers. As an organization, The Robinson/KGHM Mine decided that they wanted to help the wing and donate to the project. Aaron Mendez and Miguel Jimenez presented a check to Colonel Mike Fernandez, Utah Wing Commander, on behalf of the company at the facility.
“We wanted to give back to the community,” said Mendez, who is the Superintendent of Operations in the area. “We’re just trying to help.”
The Robinson/KGHM open-pit mine is a porphyry copper deposit located in the Robinson Mining District, adjacent to Ruth in White Pine County, Nevada.