196th Inf. Bde. prepares Guam reservists for future deployments

| October 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
Guam Reserve Soldiers with 368th MP Det. (left) conduct “Shoot House” training at Schofield Barracks, recently. Detachment Soldiers are being trained by the Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, and are being evaluated on their ability to conduct tactical movements before their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Guam Reserve Soldiers with 368th MP Det. (left) conduct “Shoot House” training at Schofield Barracks, recently. Detachment Soldiers are being trained by the Support Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., USARPAC, and are being evaluated on their ability to conduct tactical movements before their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Charles D. Bacon
Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The job of the Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific, here, is to prepare deploying units for life and death decisions that are made in a matter of seconds.

One such unit to recently undergo the training is the 368th Military Police Detachment, a Reserve unit from Guam that is deploying to Afghanistan.

The Support Bn. is primarily comprised of Soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq. These knowledgeable and experienced Soldiers oversee the mobilization training for National Guard and Reserve units and provide Soldiers with techniques needed for success on the modern battlefield.

While here for their training, the 368th MP Det. Soldiers participated in a training exercise known as “The Shoot House,” a house which contained several rooms without any ceilings. Troops entered each room in the facility, with their weapons drawn, and reacted if they saw a cut-out photo of an enemy combatant.

During the first portion of the training, MPs fired blanks, but they used live rounds in the final phase. Support Bn. Soldiers oversaw this training from the “rooftops” above the walls.

After completing the live-fire exercise, trainers and reservists critiqued their performance and conducted an after-action review through video monitors, which had recorded the action as teams moved through the complex. The video provided them with real-time feedback to critique, improve and maximize their training opportunities.

Detachment Soldiers also received instruction in improvised explosive device awareness, combat lifesaving techniques and mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle training to better prepare for their upcoming deployment.

Both trainers and trainees agreed that the realistic, mission-oriented training will enhance and improve the unit’s capabilities and preparedness for its upcoming deployment.

 

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