Combat skills improve through STT

| April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Ricardo Branch
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Since the start of the new year, Soldiers of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command have been altering their training with a greater emphasis on basic Soldier and leadership skills during “Sergeant’s Time Training,” or STT. 

“Everyone is a Soldier first,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Maria Wilkes, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. “You have to get down, dirty and test your equipment at the range and training sites, so you will be ready for the times you need to do that downrange.”

Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command are briefed on convoy operations during Sergeant’s Time Training, March 25, at East Range, Schofield Barracks. The training ensures Soldiers are prepared to meet any demands when deployed.The Army trains every Soldier for combat regardless of his or her military occupation, which the 8th TSC headquarters demonstrates each Thursday during STT.

“Maj. Gen. Michael Terry, commanding general for the 8th TSC, wants all Soldiers and subordinate units trained to Army standard,” said Capt. Wilbert Alvarado, G-3 training officer, 8th TSC. “The CG has put out his guidance through multiple venues, describing his vision for training and how individual Soldiers and units may need to be trained.”

As the senior Army sustainment command in the Pacific, the 8th TSC became fully mission-capable, last year. 

Initially, its focus was on getting the unit up and running, but with that task accomplished, the focus has shifted.

“Maj. Gen. Terry changed a lot of things, but his basis is going back to standards,” Alvarado said. “He’s focused on the why and how we do things. He goes back to some of the traditional-method ways of our Army, focusing on what the standards are, versus leaving where the last commander left off.”

Wilkes added, “Our commanding general is all about the Soldiers. He sees Sergeant’s Time Training as the time for the noncommissioned officers to train their troops in Soldier skills.”

Since the start of the new training, Soldiers have completed practical exercises in such areas as clearing and entering buildings, reacting to contact while moving, and defending perimeters against attacks.

“The training is a great asset to us because it’s causing our Soldiers to react and think, brainstorm, and develop interesting ideas for training opportunities,” Wilkes said, 

She added that the emphasis on training is a direct result of leadership taking the time to ensure Soldiers are able to accomplish their warfighter mission.

“It’s great; I was deployed to Iraq in my old unit in the 3rd Infantry Division, so a lot of this training is familiar to me but it’s good to brush up on for the future,” said Spc. William Fullegar, Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 8th STB. “A lot of the training we are doing will help new Soldiers fresh to the unit, as well as veteran Soldiers, stay trained and ready to lead others into combat.”

As time changes, so will the way in which Soldiers fight and focus on the battlefield. 

New guidance, therefore, is seen as a benefit to 8th TSC Soldiers as they train and learn to lead in their Army careers.

Story and Photo by Sgt. Ricardo Branch8th Theater Sustainment Command Public AffairsFORT SHAFTER — Since the start of the new year, Soldiers of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command have been altering their training with a greater emphasis on basic Soldier and leadership skills during “Sergeant’s Time Training,” or STT. “Everyone is a Soldier first,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Maria Wilkes, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. “You have to get down, dirty and test your equipment at the range and training sites, so you will be ready for the times you need to do that downrange.”The Army trains every Soldier for combat regardless of his or her military occupation, which the 8th TSC headquarters demonstrates each Thursday during STT.“Maj. Gen. Michael Terry, commanding general for the 8th TSC, wants all Soldiers and subordinate units trained to Army standard,” said Capt. Wilbert Alvarado, G-3 training officer, 8th TSC. “The CG has put out his guidance through multiple venues, describing his vision for training and how individual Soldiers and units may need to be trained.”As the senior Army sustainment command in the Pacific, the 8th TSC became fully mission-capable, last year. Initially, its focus was on getting the unit up and running, but with that task accomplished, the focus has shifted.“Maj. Gen. Terry changed a lot of things, but his basis is going back to standards,” Alvarado said. “He’s focused on the why and how we do things. He goes back to some of the traditional-method ways of our Army, focusing on what the standards are, versus leaving where the last commander left off.”Wilkes added, “Our commanding general is all about the Soldiers. He sees Sergeant’s Time Training as the time for the noncommissioned officers to train their troops in Soldier skills.”Since the start of the new training, Soldiers have completed practical exercises in such areas as clearing and entering buildings, reacting to contact while moving, and defending perimeters against attacks.“The training is a great asset to us because it’s causing our Soldiers to react and think, brainstorm, and develop interesting ideas for training opportunities,” Wilkes said, She added that the emphasis on training is a direct result of leadership taking the time to ensure Soldiers are able to accomplish their warfighter mission. “It’s great; I was deployed to Iraq in my old unit in the 3rd Infantry Division, so a lot of this training is familiar to me but it’s good to brush up on for the future,” said Spc. William Fullegar, Headquarters and Headquarter Company, 8th STB. “A lot of the training we are doing will help new Soldiers fresh to the unit, as well as veteran Soldiers, stay trained and ready to lead others into combat.”As time changes, so will the way in which Soldiers fight and focus on the battlefield. New guidance, therefore, is seen as a benefit to 8th TSC Soldiers as they train and learn to lead in their Army careers.

 

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