‘Dreadnaughts’ conduct squad-level training
From left to right, Spc. Eric Berry, Spc. Jeff Maki and Sgt. Vicente Herrera, all with Co. A, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., receive their operational order from observer controller 2nd Lt. William Osilaja, 3rd Pltn. leader, right, during the movement-to-contact portion of the unit’s situational training exercise Sept. 5 to 7 at Breakneck Lake. Photo by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCT.
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Story by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conduct a three-mile march from their battalion headquarters to Breakneck Lake to perform squad-level training exercises designed to ensure the unit's Soldiers were on the same level of training.
From Sept. 5 to 7, the Soldiers conducted training on movement to contact, reacting to contact, ambush, tactical control points and how to attack as a squad element.
"This validates our squad leaders as they receive, interpret, and carry out an operational order," said Capt. Chris Minter, commander, Company A, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. "They're allotted one hour to prep what they need in order to succeed in their mission."
The training helped Soldiers new to the unit and the Soldiers who redeployed with the unit from Afghanistan in January 2012 to be on an even playing field.
Minter said this is the unit's first time in the field since its redeployment from Maiwand District, Kandahar, Afghanistan.
"During this training, they will be able to build their confidence in how to train and react as a team," Royd Nuckols, platoon sergeant, 1st Platoon, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt.
The Soldiers were taught how to interpret an operational order and hand signals used in the field.
"After the training, they will have learned how to move to an enemy and assess the enemy's threat level." Nuckols said.
It also helps the unit's higher command know how well the squad's capabilities are after being tested.
Spc. Jeremy Bryant, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Squad, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., said the training benefited the team a lot.
"Going through this training will enable the new Soldiers to get up to par with us and refresh training that the Soldiers who have been with the unit already had," Bryant said.
The training to react, move and communicate enabled the Soldiers to do better as a team.
"Once the unit is training to standard, it will benefit the battalion as a whole," Nuckols said.
The Soldiers of "The Dreadnaughts" Battalion endured the rough terrain and hot weather to ensure each squad became a cohesive team.