‘Durable’ Soldiers conduct pre-deployment training
Soldiers with the “Durable” Brigade take aim while at the ranges recently as part of the 1st Sust. Bde.’s pre-deployment readiness training at Fort Riley. Soldiers with the Durable Brigade spent the last month participating in individual readiness training on warrior tasks and drills, including CLS, radio communications, convoy operations, room-clearing procedures, air evacuations and multiple marksmanship ranges. Photo by: 1st Lt. Kymberly Koenig, 1ST SUST. BDE.
Story by: Sgt. 1st Class Manuel Torres-Cortes
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Just as sport athletes gather on the practice field before a game to perfect their skills, Soldiers spend countless hours in the field training – not to win a game, but to prepare for war.
For the past three weeks Soldiers with the 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division have been sweating it out during triple-digit temperatures during land navigation, qualification ranges and convoy improvised explosive device training.
"The overall mission is to prepare us for deployment," said 1st Lt. Jimmy Plata, human resource specialist, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sust. Bde., 1st Inf. Div. "We try to simulate, as much as possible, scenarios we might encounter while deployed."
One of the training scenarios found the "Durable" Brigade Soldiers leading a convoy through a notional town to show the locals the American troops were there to support them. While making their way through the town, Soldiers had to be careful of IEDs.
"This training has provided an opportunity to experience what we might encounter downrange," Plata said. "These opportunities help us to learn from our mistakes without it costing the lives of our Soldiers."
Learning from mistakes in the safety of a simulated combat environment is one benefit of the 1st Sust. Bde.'s recent round of training. Long hours and stressful situations also helped build cohesive teams.
"Since our Command Security Team formed in April, every member has completed the Combat Life Savers course, radio training, convoy training, room-clearing procedures, air evacuations and multiple marksmanship ranges," said Sgt. Ashley Crauthers, heavy-wheeled vehicle operator, STB, 1st Sust. Bde. "Already in this short time, we have built a strong cohesive team – one that has learned to communicate better and work together seamlessly."
Soldiers and leaders at all levels of the brigade formation have expressed the training accomplished during the past three weeks has left them confident in the skill of their units.
"I feel as though I've learned a lot from this training and am more prepared for (upcoming missions)," said Spc. Larry Wills, motor transport operator, HHC, 1st Sust. Bde. "It has equipped us with the knowledge for survivability in a combat environment."