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1st Lt. Michael Heim
45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers reacted to suspected improvised explosive devices, escalation of force scenarios and complex attacks conducted by insurgents, here, recently.
The operation began with the 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, conducting split operations at Area X, here, and at Bellows Air Force Station.
Soldiers from the battalion’s 125th Financial Management Company, 18th Transportation Detachment, Co. B, and Headquarters and Headquarters Co., conducted convoy live fire exercise, or CLFX, training during two days to prepare themselves for their upcoming deployments.
“The CLFX was a great training event that really helped to prepare my team to successfully execute convoys while deployed,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Toro, platoon sergeant, Personal Security Det., 125th Financial Management Co. “It was also an excellent team-building experience.”
Simultaneously, the training also consisted of a field training exercise, or FTX, as part of the pre-deployment certification process. Company elements established a fully operational forward operating base with a field feeding site, a maintenance and fuel support area, a movement-control headquarters, signal support and a financial management support team at Bellows Air Force Station.
At the conclusion of the CLFX, here, the 45th STB carried out tactical movement to join Soldiers already on-site at Bellows.
“The units all did an excellent job transitioning from CLFX to the FTX; they responded quickly to the change of mission and executed outstanding tactical convoys from Schofield Barracks to Bellows Air Force Base,” said Capt. Jennifer McIntyre, operations officer, 45th STB.
During the FTX, 45th STB conducted scenario-based training to focus on tactical convoy movements for convoy techniques. The missions included both mounted and dismounted patrols, wherein squads encountered friendly and hostile local nationals.
The 45th STB also trained on reflexive fire skills, crew-served weapons procedures and night vision driving methods. These exercises, in conjunction with tactical convoys, served to enhance the combat readiness of the battalion.
“It was a great opportunity to work as a team and enhance our collective skills as a unit,” said 1st Lt. Ian Joyce, platoon leader, Joint Network Node. “I really enjoyed working together with the battalion to accomplish the mission. Without our teamwork, none of this would have been possible.”