Convoy live-fire inspires, instills confidence in ‘Never Daunted’ Bn.

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Soldier from HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, fires on Range KR-5, Schofield Barracks, during the company’s recent convoy live-fire exercise to review tactics, techniques and procedures for convoy operations.

A Soldier from HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, fires on Range KR-5, Schofield Barracks, during the company’s recent convoy live-fire exercise to review tactics, techniques and procedures for convoy operations.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Diana Worth
84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As the sun was just beginning to rise over the mountains behind Range KR-5, here, “Never Daunted” Soldiers were ready to train and complete their annually required convoy live-fire exercise, March 24-27.

In the weeks prior to the exercise, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th Theater Sustainment Command, rehearsed convoy battle drills and reviewed tactics, techniques and procedures for convoy operations, so that they could perform to standard.

The Soldiers ran through the live-fire lane, without ammunition, to gain an understanding of how the lane would be executed, March 24.

After receiving a mission brief from their convoy commanders, who gave everyone the guidance they needed to execute the mission, Soldiers got in their vehicles and conducted moving rehearsals for the convoy lane. They conducted multiple iterations of this dry-fire rehearsal, which helped leaders identify and address any issues early on.

Soldiers returned, March 27, to go through the convoy lane with blank rounds, ensuring they were cleared to execute the training by the range safeties, before conducting the final live-fire iteration.

“Safety was paramount,” said Pfc. Mark Johnson, construction and asphalt technician, 26th Concrete and Asphalt Detachment, HHC, 84th Eng. Bn. 130th Eng. Bde.

Given the high standard for safety at the range, Soldiers said they were really able to focus on the training and truly learn from it.

“This is as realistic as it’s going to get,” said Sgt. Jose Vasquez, technical engineering specialist, 142nd Survey Det., HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “Some of the Soldiers had no experience with convoys in the past, and this exercise really taught them the basics.”

This training served to teach Soldiers about convoys. However, the most important outcome of this live-fire exercise was a true sense of preparation, according to Spc. Ginero Green, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist, HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

“I learned how we’d do it in a combat situation, what we’re good at and what we need to work on,” Green said.

Soldiers’ confidence continued to grow as they gained familiarity with convoy operations throughout the multiple iterations of the lane. Repetition also allowed Soldiers the opportunity to address any issues their teams may have noticed.

“Everything improved. We made all of our weaknesses (our) strengths,” said Spc. Andrew Logan, construction and asphalt equipment operator, 26th Concrete and Asphalt Det., HHC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde. “It gives you the full spectrum of (convoy operations) before you deploy. Everyone was really motivated.”

 

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