40th CSC trains to defend sustainment ability

| July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Spc. Reymark Cunanan, a Soldiers with the 40th CSC 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, pulls perimeter security July 13, 2017, with his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) during a field training exercise. The 40th CSC conducted a field exercise to focus on base defense in order to train their Soldiers how defend their area of operations while stillsustaining the fight. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs).

Spc. Reymark Cunanan, a Soldiers with the 40th CSC 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, pulls perimeter security July 13, 2017, with his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) during a field training exercise. The 40th CSC conducted a field exercise to focus on base defense in order to train their Soldiers how defend their area of operations while stillsustaining the fight. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs).

By Sgt. Ian Ives
25th Sustainment Brigade
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Despite the hot July weather, the 40th Composite Supply Company, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, spent July 10-14 at East Range, here, conducting a base defense field exercise. The weeklong exercise was designed to hone these Sustainers’ skills at defending themselves while performing fuel resupply, laundry, shower and water purification operations.

“This is the foundation of what we do,” said Chief Warrant Officer Tracey Napper, a petroleum system technologist with the 40th CSC. “Before our military occupation specialty, we are Soldiers first. I think one of the primary purposes of being a Soldier is being able to protect yourself and those around you.”

Spc. Amber Forbes, a Soldiers with the 40th CSC, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, takes aim a possible threat July 13, 2017, while Sgt. Del Juan Goodman, a noncommissioned officer with the 40 th CSC, radios up the incident to his higher command. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs).

Spc. Amber Forbes, a Soldiers with the 40th CSC, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, takes aim a possible threat July 13, 2017, while Sgt. Del Juan Goodman, a noncommissioned officer with the 40 th CSC, radios up the incident to his higher command. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs).

During the course of this five-day exercise, the 40th CSC tested their skills on base defense, reacting to troop and vehicle borne threats, chemical warfare defense and reflexive fire training. The purpose of these tasks is to ensure that these Soldiers can efficiently deter any hostile action while sustaining the fight in an austere environment.

“Whenever you are downrange you never know what might happen,” said Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Harris, the motor sergeant for 40th CSC. “So you have to prepare Soldiers for the worst and hope for the best.”

Soldiers were attacked with multiple different assets at once to keep them sharp and teach them to deal with threats under pressure. One particular instance had Sustainers dealing with not only a chemical attack, but a breach in their defense perimeter. With guidance and experience from senior leaders in the formation, each attack was repelled.

Soldiers with the 40 th Composite Supply Company, 524 th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25 th Sustainment Brigade, practicereflexive fire at a range July 13, 2017, to improve their marksmanship during a field training exercise. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Juan Ospina, 25th Sustainment Brigade).

Soldiers with the 40 th Composite Supply Company, 524 th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25 th Sustainment Brigade, practicereflexive fire at a range July 13, 2017, to improve their marksmanship during a field training exercise. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Juan Ospina, 25th Sustainment Brigade).

“With any and all missions that you do, communication can be a deal breaker,” said Napper. “We have been focusing on communication for our crew served weapons on the perimeter defense.”

While communication was a priority focus of the perimeter defense, Sustainers were also trained on reflexive fire. Reflexive fire is a technique used in rifle marksmanship that teaches Soldiers to fire from a variety of different positions and focus on muzzle control. The mastery of reflexive fire greatly improved 40th CSC’s ability to conduct base defense operations.

After five consecutive days of hard training these Sustainers have proved their ability to deal with any threat while conducting their vital mission of sustaining the fight.

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