CAB ‘knocks off dust and cobwebs’ on North Shore

| August 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers practice replacing their protective mask air filter canister on the CBRN training lane during the 3-25th field training exercise, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers practice replacing their protective mask air filter canister on the CBRN training lane during the 3-25th field training exercise, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Skills involving tasks such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear scenarios; setup and operations of the single channel ground-to-air radio system; and how to establish a secure perimeter took place on the North Shore, recently.

Approximately 600 Soldiers from 3rd General Aviation Support Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, participated in the field training exercise to train on basic Soldier tasks.

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Soldiers from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, set up a fence of concertina wire during the security training lane at the 3-25th AVN field training exercise, here, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Soldiers from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, set up a fence of concertina wire during the security training lane at the 3-25th AVN field training exercise, here, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“The intent of the training is to start out at the basic level to prepare them for operating in a light and austere environment for a 96-hour period, unlike Operation Enduring Freedom,” said Maj. Boyce Buckner, operations officer. “When we look at our formation, we see gaps in generations. Some of the Soldiers remember how to do it, but haven’t done it in years, and the Soldiers out of Advanced Individual Training have done it once. We are helping build a foundation for the Soldiers in field training and field craft.”

The battalion conducted a convoy operation out to the training site to begin the exercise.

“How better to knock the dust off and cobwebs loose … than to have our leaders and subject matter experts train our Soldiers in convoy ops,” Buckner said. “This is also a preparatory phase on how to train our Soldiers for convoy live-fire training later.”

Staff Sgt. Lee Hockersmith, a flight medic with Company C, mirrored Buckner’s views of the training.

“It was good to get back to basic Soldier tasks. Some of this stuff I haven’t done in years,” said Hockersmith.

The exercise consisted of two phases of training; the first phase consisted of three company-level situational training exercises. The lane training is designed to involve the companies in the planning, preparation and execution of the training while strengthening the bond in the battalion.

“I was surprised with as much as I remembered on topics as well as how much I forgot on certain tasks,” said Hockersmith. “The basic Soldier tasks are important because everyone is a rifleman first; everyone has his own job. Some of the tasks will keep you alive.”

The second phase introduced a battalion-level scenario that emphasized the need to communicate between companies to successfully accomplish the mission.

“We did not make this training so complex that it was overwhelming, but challenging and engaging enough that Soldiers came out of it with a sense of reward and understanding,” said Buckner.

The training built a foundation between experienced and novice warriors.

“There were times during the training you could tell the newer Soldiers were getting overwhelmed, but they looked toward the more experienced Soldiers for guidance and direction,” Hockersmith said. “They were eager to learn, willing to listen, to take direction and to execute orders. The training showed our newer Soldiers that they have leadership who knows what to do, how to handle a platoon, company and situation, and helped bond us all as a company.”

“We tried to set up Team Hammerhead better than before, and I believe we have done that,” said Buckner.

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Soldiers from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, study factors to consider when setting up a perimeter during the security training lane at the 3-25th AVN field training exercise, here, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Soldiers from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, study factors to consider when setting up a perimeter during the security training lane at the 3-25th AVN field training exercise, here, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Light-medium tactical vehicles from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, convoy to the training site, here, for a 3-25th AVN field training exercise, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

DILLINGHAM AIRFIELD — Light-medium tactical vehicles from 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 25th Avn. Regiment, 25th Combat Avn. Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, convoy to the training site, here, for a 3-25th AVN field training exercise, Aug. 6. (Photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

 

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