8th Special Troops Battalion confronts water survival

| June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments
Capt. Kristen Loyd, commander, HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC, shows her personal courage and participates with her Soldiers during water survival training, May 13, at Richardson Pool, Schofield Barracks. (Spc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Capt. Kristen Loyd, commander, HHC, 8th STB, 8th TSC, shows her personal courage and participates with her Soldiers during water survival training, May 13, at Richardson Pool, Schofield Barracks. (Spc. Darnell Collins | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, attended ongoing drownproofing training at Richardson Pool, here, May 13.

The training is being scheduled to ensure that every Soldier in HHC, 8th STB, satisfies the drownproofing requirement directed in accordance with TC 21-21.

“I really enjoy anything to do with water, and if I can bring something that I am really good at and teach others (with it to) get the confidence out of them, then I’m all for it,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Kennedy, drownproofing instructor, HHC, 8th STB, who has 10 years of experience as a diver. “This training is important because primarily, one, we are on an island, and, two, you never know what kind of contingency that a Soldier might face while downrange in Kuwait or Iraq.”

For this training, Soldiers wear summer physical training attire underneath Army Combat Uniforms, complete with boots. The boots, a new addition this year, added more weight to make the training more challenging.

“The hardest part for the Soldiers is that they lack the ability and endurance to swim,” Kennedy said. “Although they do regular PT, this training is a lot different. It requires different muscles to be used at the same time, while also being able to breath.

“The scariest component of the whole training is having the confidence (to jump) off heights (while) paying attention to detail, which is really important when you are doing this type of water survival training,” he said.

Some of the requirements for this drownproof training include Soldiers treading water for two minutes, with and without a weapon; jumping off the 12-foot-high diving board, with and without a weapon; and step-entry, with and without their weapon, while swimming the full length of the pool.

1st Sgt. Curtis Rucker, company first sergeant, and Capt. Kristen Loyd, commander, both with HHC, 8th STB, were in attendance for most of the scheduled trainings. Even though the commander is not a strong swimmer, she decided to show her Soldiers that she too can possess personal courage and face her own adversity and fears.

“It was fun. We got to jump with weapons, which made the training a lot harder,” said Spc. Courtney Patton, HHC, 8th STB. “It was a good experience.”

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