45th STB gets confidence boost during first FTX in four years

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
1st Lt. Frank Guizar, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, uses a sledgehammer to place a tent stake during a field training exercise at Kahuku Training Area. (Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia | 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

1st Lt. Frank Guizar, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, uses a sledgehammer to place a tent stake during a field training exercise at Kahuku Training Area. (Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia | 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Sgt. Chris Huddleston
45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with Company B, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, participated in a field training exercise, or FTX, at Bellows Air Force Base and Kahuku Training Area, here, March 28-April 1.

“This was the first time that our unit conducted an FTX in (more than) four years,” said Capt. Cherquria Peterson, commander, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde.

“This was a great opportunity for us to train together and apply the training used during ‘Sergeant’s Time Training’ in a situation-based scenario,” Peterson added.

Soldiers learned to properly submit situation, medical evacuation and other reports to higher commands.

“We got some very good training out there,” said Pfc. Jessica Hartenstine, multi-channel transmissions system operator/maintainer, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde. “We learned different ways to respond to attacks and how to communicate within the unit during attacks.”

In addition to communication equipment training, the Soldiers of Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., practiced forward operating base defense drills and worked guard shifts.

“The battle drills we learned during (STT) really helped,” said Pfc. Daniel Garza, multi-channel transmissions system operator/maintainer, Co. B, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde.“ This was my first FTX outside of (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command), and I learned a lot.”

After initial set up and training at Bellows AFB, the company moved the exercise to Kahuku Training Area.

“We showed a huge improvement after the successful move from Bellows to Kahuku,” Peterson said. “The Soldiers were on schedule with the initial set up at Bellows, but (they) were well ahead of schedule at the second site.

“This was truly a great learning experience for the leaders, as well as the Soldiers in the unit,” Peterson continued. “We all look forward to the next exercise.”

 

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