196th Inf. Bde. prepares HIANG unit for deployment

| March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
HIANG Soldiers from 1st Sqdn., 299th Cav. Regt., 29th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, also known as Fwd. 23 Platoon, go through a medical trauma lane, treating gunshot wounds, traumatic chest wounds and injuries to extremities, during mobilization in-processing and training for an upcoming deployment in support of OEF in the Philippines.

HIANG Soldiers from 1st Sqdn., 299th Cav. Regt., 29th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, also known as Fwd. 23 Platoon, go through a medical trauma lane, treating gunshot wounds, traumatic chest wounds and injuries to extremities, during mobilization in-processing and training for an upcoming deployment in support of OEF in the Philippines.

Story and Photo by
Capt. Stacy Soutter
Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry Regiment, 29th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific, assembled to create the Forward 23 Platoon, Jan. 3, here, to conduct mobilization in-processing and training for an upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Philippines.

Their mission is to assist the Joint Special Operations Task Force–Philippines, provide security at key locations in the Philippines and assist in training the Philippine armed forces.

“One of the many highlights of this training is it afforded me the opportunity to exercise my native language,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Larry Magaoay, senior maintenance advisor, Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde. “This rare opportunity was rewarding to me, because it allowed me to share my culture and demonstrate my ability to speak a multiple-Filipino dialect.”

The 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion and the Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., welcomed Fwd. 23 Platoon Soldiers on their first day of mobilization.

During the first week of mobilization, the platoon worked closely with 3302nd MSB to complete the necessary pre-deployment in-processing gambit of medical, finance, personnel records and equipment issue. Then the Fwd. 23 Platoon partnered with the Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., to complete pre-deployment training requirements.

During the second week, Fwd. 23 Soldiers were exposed to basic leader and Soldier skills, such as military planning; M9, M4 and M240B marksmanship; and Filipino language and cultural training.

In the third week, Fwd. 23 Platoon trained on small unit tasks and conducted static load training on a UH60 Black Hawk helicopter, to familiarize Soldiers with the proper techniques of working with rotary wing aircraft. The platoon also received two days of force protection training, where Soldiers reacted to scenarios ranging from dealing with civilians on the battlefield to responding to complex attacks on the platoon’s forward operating base.

Soldiers went through a medical trauma lane, which instilled confidence in their medical skills to treat gunshot wounds, traumatic chest wounds and injuries to extremities, as well as to move the injured through obstacles.

In the fourth week of mobilization, the platoon came out of the field to use the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer at the Battle Command Training Center. The RVTT is a computer simulator that surrounds Soldiers in a realistic, 360-degree virtual world to help with basic vehicle and convoy drills and tasks.

The platoon tested its lessons learned in convoy lanes at the Kahuku Training Area and patrolled dirt roads and encountered simulated improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.

“It is rewarding to know that Fwd. 23 received the Army’s most meticulous and demanding mobilization training. I am certain that the leaders and Soldiers will be successful and excel in whatever task(s) (or) condition(s) they may face during their rotation,” Magaoay said.

The training allowed Fwd. 23 Platoon the opportunity to validate its battle drills and standard operating procedures prior to deployment, and to refine and modify some of its systems for the upcoming deployment.

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