OneRepublic samples training at 73rd Signal Company

| July 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
Drew Brown (left), a guitarist for the band OneRepublic, tests out a gun at the engagement skills trainer during a visit to the Soldiers and family members of the 73rd Signal Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, July 3. (Photos by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Drew Brown (left), a guitarist for the band OneRepublic, tests out a gun at the engagement skills trainer during a visit to the Soldiers and family members of the 73rd Signal Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, July 3. (Photos by Spc. David Innes, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The music group OneRepublic received the rare opportunity to train like the Army, July 3, and to give back to their fans who give everything for their nation.

More than 100 Soldiers and family members of the 73rd Signal Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, as well as approximately 30 wounded warriors were on hand to meet, greet and train the band in a multitude of simulators and equipment.

“For us, it’s the very least we can do,” said Eddie Fisher, drummer and percussionist for OneRepublic. “You guys put your lives on the line for us every day. It’s an honor for us to be here with you.”

 Zach Filkins, lead guitarist for the band OneRepublic, tests out the gun turret in an Army Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a visit to the Soldiers and family members of the 73rd Signal Co., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, July 3.

Zach Filkins, lead guitarist for the band OneRepublic, tests out the gun turret in an Army Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a visit to the Soldiers and family members of the 73rd Signal Co., 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, July 3.

The band began its day by climbing inside two different Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. Members were able to sit in the cargo hold, stand up in the gunner’s turret, and sit in the driver’s seat of both MRAP trucks.

Afterwards, the band members moved to the engagement skills trainer, a virtual simulator that provides realistic marksmanship and combat scenario training of the most common small arms, crew-served weapons, and individual anti-tank weapons in the Army inventory.

“This is the first time we have been able to do the simulators,” said Fisher. “That was so awesome. We all thought it was really cool to shoot the guns in the torrents, but I couldn’t imagine trying to do it if people were actually shooting back.”

The band then watched service members use the Egress Training equipment. Egress Training is when a Soldier quickly and safely exits a vehicle that has been tipped over.

After a day of training, OneRepublic went to the dining facility to eat with the Soldiers and have a quick meet and greet.

“It’s pretty cool that we got a chance to sit down and meet the band one-on-one during lunch,” said Spc. Aaron Hagman, the wheel vehicle mechanic with the 40th Quartermaster Co. “They were all really down to earth, and I think they enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of what we do on a regular basis.”

Many other Soldiers expressed their excitement, but it was the band members themselves who were the most humbled by their experience.

“I’m so proud of what you do on a daily basis,” said Fisher. “You guys are the most courageous men and women on the planet. It takes a special kind of person to be a part of this military. It takes more than muscles; it takes heart and courage.”

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  1. Helen1R says:

    Drew Brown? Are you serious?

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