Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Smith
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, brushed up on their warrior tasks and battle drills, here, Nov. 17.
As part of the unit’s deployment certification training, Soldiers needed to qualify with M16 and M4 rifles, and M9 pistols. Individual tasks were also set up at seven different training stations.
“We set up lane training where we could focus on some of the warrior tasks and battle drills,” said 1st Sgt. Jeremiah Walker, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 45th Sust. Bde.
Tasks and drills included immediate lifesaving measures, individual movement techniques, how to put on a protective mask and basic land navigation. Other stations included radio communication drills, hand grenade techniques and basic hand signals. Every Soldier learns these skills in basic training early on in their careers and trains on each task periodically, but it had been a while for some.
“It was very effective,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Weber, instructor for the radio communications station, HHC, 45th Sust. Bde. “A lot of people got (a) refresher (course). It’s also a refresher for the old school (noncommissioned officers). It was quick and to the point. We had experienced trainers and knowledgeable instructors at each station.”
Every Soldier had to qualify on their weapons, pass each station and have a signature sheet signed off from each exercise before they could leave the range. According to Walker, this training helps them grow as Soldiers and benefits them downrange.
“Training is the foundation of any organization, and training is what we need to do to get our Soldiers ready for combat,” Walker said. “The most important thing I want the Soldiers to take home is I want them to build confidence in what they are doing and continue to build as a team.”