‘Punishers’ conduct various exercises at urban cluster
Spc. Anthony Rodriguez, team leader, HHC, STB, 1st HBCT, leads his team during an exercise on how to establish an access control point to a military installation May 3 at Urban Cluster Range 1. The exercise was designed to show Soldiers how to react to contingencies both on and off a military installation.
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The military police of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted various training exercises May 3 at Urban Cluster Range 1.
The "Punishers" executed battalion-level warrior tasks and drills during the training event, named Operation Robocop, in preparation for the warrior skills competition they plan to participate in, beginning May 28.
In preparation for the competition, the Soldiers trained to conduct land navigation, request medical evacuation, react to contact and search an individual.
"We are responsible for conducting training across the full spectrum of our mission-essential task list," said 1st Lt. Yarick Gonzalez, platoon leader, HHC, 1st STB. "The military police not only support combat operations, but law and order operations as well."
According to Staff Sgt. Jonathon Bennett, a squad leader within the platoon, the exercises taught the Soldiers how to react and successfully adapt to various situations in preparation for the upcoming competition.
"Overall, this training is important for the Soldiers to not only know how to react to contact or search an individual, but for them to continue understanding why they are doing it," Bennett said. "As MPs, these exercises prove to be essential to their mission during peacetime settings, but more importantly, during combat operations."
Bennett said the training for the competition allows them to learn from their mistakes so they become as proficient as possible before the actual competition begins.
"The competition is roughly 14 days long," Gonzalez said. "It will be vigorous and intense for the Soldiers. The Soldiers will have to stay out in the field the whole time, navigating their way to the various lanes, then having to perform to standard the events set up for them."
About 40 squads, composed of no more than 12 Soldiers per squad, will compete in the competition.
"Yes, we would like to win the competition," Gonzalez said. "But overall, we want to see our Soldiers run these battle drills efficiently and with minimal problems."