18th MDSC maneuvers warrior training lanes

| February 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 18th MDSC put on their gas masks after a mock chemical attack during the unit’s lane training exercises at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Feb. 10-12.

Soldiers from the 18th MDSC put on their gas masks after a mock chemical attack during the unit’s lane training exercises at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Feb. 10-12.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs

 

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA-BELLOWS — Soldiers from the 18th Medical Deployment Support Command were tested during an intense lane training exercise, here, Feb. 9-12.

The lanes were scattered with simulated improvised explosive devises, mock insurgents and various obstacles that the Soldiers maneuvered through with convoy and foot patrols.

“Getting to work with the radios hands-on and communicate back-and-forth with the tactical operations center — since that’s my job — was my favorite part about the training,” said Pvt. Christina Meekins, communications specialist, 18th MDSC. “Just going over the basics, like the three- to five-second rush, helped me remember and refine those skills.”

Capt. Vickee Wolcott (far right), commander, HHC, 18th MDSC, leads the way, as Spc. Lloyd Johnson, generator mechanic, 18th MDSC, and Sgt. Tia Wilson, human resources specialist, 18th MDSC, carry an “injured” Capt. Timothy Godbey, Theater Patient Movement officer, 18th MDSC, out of a mock insurgent attack during the unit’s lane training exercises at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Feb. 10-12.

Capt. Vickee Wolcott (far right), commander, HHC, 18th MDSC, leads the way, as Spc. Lloyd Johnson, generator mechanic, 18th MDSC, and Sgt. Tia Wilson, human resources specialist, 18th MDSC, carry an “injured” Capt. Timothy Godbey, Theater Patient Movement officer, 18th MDSC, out of a mock insurgent attack during the unit’s lane training exercises at Marine Corps Training Area-Bellows, Feb. 10-12.

The four-day exercise took the Soldiers through phases of initial operations, deploying the unit, occupying a forward operating base, convoy and patrol operations off the FOB, and a re-deployment to home station.

 

“I appreciated the hard work and motivation from every Soldier that either participated in the training or helped with the support staff for the training,” said Capt. Vickee Wolcott, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th MDSC. “I really hope that Soldiers learned a lot and had fun doing it, too, and that it helps prepare them for the next time they deploy.”

The 18th MEDCOM is the Medical Theater Enabling Command for the U.S. Army-Pacific region and is quickly growing into its new role as the region’s single medical command and control unit, since moving from the Korean Peninsula to Fort Shafter, Oct. 2008.

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