3rd BCT learns anti-terrorism measures for upcoming mission

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
2nd Lt. Adam Ferree (left) and Staff Sgt. Askia Dugger (center), both of 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti”, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and 2nd Lt. Benjamin Arbitter, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, rate the threat from terrorists to the division’s headquarters building during an MTT course on anti-terrorism, March 30. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

2nd Lt. Adam Ferree (left) and Staff Sgt. Askia Dugger (center), both of 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti”, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and 2nd Lt. Benjamin Arbitter, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, rate the threat from terrorists to the division’s headquarters building during an MTT course on anti-terrorism, March 30. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Hillary Rustine
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, hosted a level two, anti-terrorism course, here, March 28-April 1, to prepare for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The course focused on reducing the threats from outside sources through assessing factors such as vulnerabilities, insider threats and entry control points, just to name a few.

Those who finished the course will be considered subject matter experts in the anti-terrorist field and will be relied upon to advise the command about threats and how to counter them.

Chief Warrant Officer Scott Munger (left), Headquarters and Headquarters Bn., 25th ID, and Staff Sgt. Brian Ohmann, 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, assess the vulnerabilities of the division’s headquarters building on Schofield Barracks, March 30. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Scott Munger (left), Headquarters and Headquarters Bn., 25th ID, and Staff Sgt. Brian Ohmann, 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, assess the vulnerabilities of the division’s headquarters building on Schofield Barracks, March 30. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Jerald Mraker and Steven Stoltz, anti-terrorist course instructors, Mobile Training Team, traveled from Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., to teach command advisors how to set up and maintain security on forward operating bases and combat outposts.

“It’s a good class, learning and expanding my understanding of physical security, which will help me the most downrange,” said Staff Sgt. Derrik Mersiovsky, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3nd BCT.

Outside contractors, as a potential threat. was one of the biggest topics highlighted during the course.

“We don’t necessarily know who they are or where their alliances lie,” Mraker said in the class, adding that these are key points when defending deployed troops in a hostile environment.

Frank Diaz, anti-terrorist liaison, 25th ID, arranged to bring the MTT to the 3rd BCT outside of the normal cycle. This occasion was only the second time that MTT instructors had agreed to teach the course when it was not scheduled.

“I like that it’s an (MTT), so I can spend more time with my family,” said Staff Sgt. Luis Castro, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., “Cacti,” 3rd BCT.

The Soldiers learned valuable skills that will be used to their fullest extent when the Soldiers are deployed.

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