29th Engineers throw live grenades, familiarize w/tactics

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Soldier throws a practice grenade during range training, Sept. 15, at Schofield Barracks. Soldiers were allowed to throw live grenades after several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

A Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Soldier throws a practice grenade during range training, Sept. 15, at Schofield Barracks. Soldiers were allowed to throw live grenades after several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Nervous and tense, the sweat rolls off his face as he holds a live grenade firmly near his chest.

He’s trained all day with practice grenades, but now it is time to do the real thing.

The safety noncommissioned officer calls his name. He takes a deep breath and walks to his fighting position.

A Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Soldier throws a practice grenade during range training, Sept. 15 at Schofield Barracks. Soldiers were allowed to throw live grenades after several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

A Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Soldier throws a practice grenade during range training, Sept. 15 at Schofield Barracks. Soldiers were allowed to throw live grenades after several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

It was time to rise above the fear and trust his training. The NCO gives him instructions and in seconds a grenade is in the air.

“Frag out” he shouts.

He dodges in his foxhole and feels the impact of the explosion.

“All clear” is echoed on the range.

He stands up with a smile on his face and an overwhelming rush of adrenaline.

For Spc. Sean Harding, satellite communications system operator-maintainer, Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, he would love to do this type of training consistently.

“This has been an amazing experience. The last time I threw a live grenade was basic training. I was a little nervous, but things went pretty smooth,” said Harding.

The 29th Eng. Bn. Soldiers received several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions, including proper arming, carrying and throwing of the high explosive hand grenades.

A Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Soldier surveys the area after throwing a live grenade, Sept. 15 at Schofield Barracks. After several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions, Soldiers were allowed to throw live grenades. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

A Charlie Company, 29th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Soldier surveys the area after throwing a live grenade, Sept. 15 at Schofield Barracks. After several safety and preliminary marksmanship instructions, Soldiers were allowed to throw live grenades. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Capt. Adam Grines, Charlie Co. commander, 29th Eng. Bn., wanted to give his Soldiers the opportunity for diverse training.

“The intent was to familiarize Soldiers with tossing grenades and becoming proficient at it,” said Grines. “I wanted to do something different other than an M4 or M249 rifle range. This was definitely a morale booster for the Soldiers.”

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