34th Sapper Company continues to train, hone skills

| July 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

2nd Lt. Tom Bazemore
130th Engineer Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

2nd Lt. Eric Gutierrez, near left, platoon leader, and Sgt. 1st Class Jamal Latore, near right, platoon sergeant, sit across the table from their Iraqi army counterparts, played by Capt. Dave Conley, left, and Capt. Chris Hallett, right, and an interpreter, center, played by Spc. James Groves, as two other Soldiers observe, during a brigade training exercise conducted at Schofield Barracks, June 14-18. All Soldiers are assigned to the 34th Sapper Company, 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. (1st Lt. Jerry Lupo | 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soliders from the 34th Sapper Company may have recently returned from a deployment to Iraq, but that has not stopped them from training hard to redeploy this fall. 

The sappers, part of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, engaged in their final on-island training exercise at an engineer training area, here, June 14-18. They obtained realistic need-to-know skills that will be useful in their upcoming deployment to Iraq.

The training event developed the company’s ability to conduct troop-leading procedures and react to tactical problems. The five-day exercise centered on three separate situations: route clearance, engineer reconnaissance, and foreign army partnership. 

The 34th Sapper Co. will encounter similar situations during its tour in Iraq. Situational lane training helped develop the platoon’s leadership and reinforce important tactics, techniques and procedures that will be instrumental to a successful deployment. 

According to 2nd Lt. Eric Gutierrez, platoon leader,  the training has better prepared him to lead his platoon.

Route clearance lane training, conducted at the engineer training area, focused on a key mission many engineers face in a deployed environment. Engineers ensure roads are cleared of improvised explosive devices so follow-on U.S and coalition forces can achieve their mission.  

A civilian company, that specializes in IED detection created realistic training and implemented ways of detecting devices and methods of disguising them. Platoons trained with robots that helped demonstrate training techniques that could be instrumental to overall success of the mission.

Route reconnaissance training tested the engineers’ technical competence whenclassifying bridges. 

Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, 34th Sapper Co., 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, begin the route clearance lane procedures at Shofield Barracks. (1st Lt. Jerry Lupo | 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC)Foreign army partnership training consisted of key Army leaders interacting with local leaders to train foreign soldiers all while speaking different languages. Engineers were faced with such challenges as teaching Iraqi soldiers how to properly hold aim, and fire an M-16 rifle. 

 “The training was an excellent opportunity to test our tactical and technical skills in this field, something the battalion has been unable to do for quite some time,” said Austrailian army Capt. Nick Brown, who is attached to the company. “In all, the training was a success and a great learning opportunity for everyone involved.”  

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