‘Warriors’ train at NTC

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

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Pfc. Robert England
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — After months of preparation, Soldiers from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, began predeployment training, at the National Training Center here, early last month.

As the time for training drew near, the brigade prepared its Soldiers and equipment for movement to the NTC. Countless bags were packed and loaded into overseas containers, which were then blocked and braced before being sealed to ensure minimal shifting during the trip to California.

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division establish a secure perimeter during a situational training exercise, Feb. 25, at Fort Irwin, Calif. The training exercise provided Soldiers realistic desert scenarios in a simulated training environment.The first Soldiers arrived at the Forward Operating Base Santa Fe, Feb. 8.

“They were mainly supply and logistics Soldiers preparing to receive the equipment coming off the ports in San Diego,” said Capt. Denis Wagner, assistant operations planner, Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company. “They were establishing life support … getting tents set up, the showers, the latrines, all the logistics necessary to support the brigade.”

After the brigade arrived in full, the battalions began conducting training operations.

“For the battalions, it was an opportunity to conduct Stryker gunnery, lanes training, flat ranges and interaction with key leaders,” said Capt. James Kim, assistant plans officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID.

“The brigade support battalion did a lot of convoy training, including some convoy live-fire exercises utilizing their guntrucks,” he continued.

“The units conducted their pre-rotational training, such as marksman training with small arms systems, Stryker gunnery with weapons mounted on the Strykers, and situational training exercises, allowing them to do platoon and company maneuvers,” Wagner added.

Strategic Operations Inc., a special effects company from Los Angeles, provided realistic scenarios in simulated Iraqi environments with simulated improvised explosive device explosions and injuries using professional make-up artists — all of which provided Soldiers with an enhanced training experience.

“We hired a special effects crew (Strategic Operations) to simulate what it feels like to interact with Iraqis, especially with the language barrier,” Kim said. “It was a good experience, especially for Soldiers who have never been deployed.”

Every unit within the brigade had a chance to use every asset within their skill set. Food service specialists, in particular, were hard at work almost 20 hours each day.

The various training exercises allowed each unit to assess mission-execution methods and make necessary adjustments. Additionally, the training improved the brigade’s readiness for its upcoming deployment to Iraq.

“It allowed us the time away from garrison activities to establish the processes and systems to conduct training in a more realistic environment,” Wagner said. “The field training exercise set the initial pieces in place to eventually roll into the Brigade construct in place when we deploy.”

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