Hawaii’s citizen-Soldiers are trained, ready for C-IED duty

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Russell Shimooka
U.S. Army-Pacific

Two weeks gives sufficient time to process, practice, retain drills

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — With future missions and deployments up in the air, Hawaii’s citizen-Soldiers are always ready when duty calls.

More than 600 Soldiers from Company D, 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, 9th Mission Support Command, participated in counter-improvised explosive device, or C-IED, instruction, in conjunction with their two-week annual training, beginning June 11, here.

Subject matter experts from the Asia-Pacific C-IED Fusion Center, based at Fort Shafter, provided the instruction.

“This was our first time out doing this kind of training, and I was looking forward to seeing how we would do,” said Sgt. Adrian Carlos, 3rd Platoon, Co. D, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt. “Unfortunately, our observation and communication skills need improvement.”

If practice makes perfect, then these part-time Soldiers are taking advantage of the 14 consecutive days that annual training provides to practice what they’ve learned — unlike the time constraints of the one-weekend-a-month drills.

“Annual training helps out a lot, as far as retention,” said Sgt. Samuel Miles, 3rd Platoon, Co. D, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt. “Normally, we learn something at one drill; then one month later, put it into practice.

“Sometimes it’s hard to retain (what we learned) a month ago,” Miles added. “At annual training, I’m doing what I just learned.”

Terry Perez, an instructor with the Asia-Pacific C-IED Fusion Center and a veteran of multiple deployments, said the reservists performed well on the training lanes, despite limited exposure to the material.

“This is the first time, in awhile, they are working collectively on the C-IED effort, so it’s going to be a learning process (in) everything from observation to proficiency in executing battle drills,” he said. “In other words, it takes time. The Soldiers appreciate learning C-IED awareness, and (they) are putting it all together out in the field, to defeat these deadly devices.”

IEDs are the No. 1 casualty-producer in overseas military operations.

If the unit does get a deployment call, its destination will likely be Afghanistan, where the IED cat-and-mouse game between insurgents and coalition forces rages on.

“We know the enemy changes tactics, techniques and procedures,” said 1st Sgt. Freedom Silveira, senior enlisted leader, Co. D, 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt. “It’s beneficial for us to come here, to see what’s taking place in Afghanistan, a place we may eventually deploy to.

“We are definitely getting a head start, if that is the case,” said Silveira.

 

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