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Vista Outdoor Employee Becomes a Boss in Boots at National Guard Event

In June, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) hosted an event in Idaho referred to as The Boss Lift. The two-day event gives employers the opportunity to participate in some of the training exercises that their employees who are also in the National Guard and Reserves experience while on duty.

Jeremiah Robinson, CCI/Speer Supervisor in the Primer Assembly Department, and First Lieutenant and Logistics Officer in the 145th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Armored Brigade Combat Team, nominated Chrissy Bieker, CCI/Speer Value Stream Manager, to participate. Chrissy jumped at the chance show support and to be part of the event to better understand what Idaho’s citizen-soldiers do.

Chrissy summed it up best, “It was pretty incredible … a once in a lifetime experience!”

Some of the highlights included:
Transport from Coeur d’Alene to Gowen Field Air National Guard
Base – a 400-mile trip – in a Chinook helicopter

A 45-minute flight in a Blackhawk helicopter

Simulations included:
Riding in a Humvee where Chrissy operated in the gunner position on top
of the vehicle shooting a 7.62 automatic rifle

Piloting a Blackhawk helicopter –  which she admits to crashing multiple times

Wearing a helmet with Virtual Reality goggles that allowed Chrissy to operate
again in the gunner position shooting out the open door of a Blackhawk helicopter