Squads of Co. B attack assault course
A Soldier with Co. B, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. shoots down range during a squad assault course March 5 at Fort Riley. Photo by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ABCT.
Story by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson
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Soldiers with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted squad-level based training March 5 at the squad assault course at Fort Riley.
"We're teaching our Soldiers how to react to contact, knockout a bunker, evaluating a casualty and the different ways of maneuvering a squad through an operating environment," said Staff Sgt. Tim Barnhouse, 2nd squad leader, Co. B. "We'll have a dry run first for the Soldiers to get the familiarization they'll need to know (for) what is expected of them during the training. After the dry run, we'll have a run through with blanks, and, then, the Soldiers will go through with live rounds."
Soldiers with an M4 Carbine assault rifle had 20 rounds for both the blank and live-fire iterations, he said. The squad assault weapon gunners had 100 rounds for the blank iteration and 200 rounds for the live-fire run.
"The Soldiers are issued a mission, and they have to start the process of how to accomplish that mission," said Capt. Ben Bronkema, Co. B commander.
The squad leaders went over how to conduct various tactics, techniques and procedures, as well as the standard operating procedures that are in place, Bronkema said.
These Soldiers are also learning how to evaluate a casualty, break contact and what is entailed in the maneuver element, Bronkema said.
"We're trying to teach, coach and mentor the inexperienced Soldiers and refresh the skills of the combat vets," Bronkema said. "All the Soldiers out here are the infantry dismounts from the company."
"I enjoyed the training that we're doing out here," said Spc. Tywan Lee, gunner, Squad A. "The training is bringing everyone together online in knowing what their jobs are and getting to trust each more."
This is very awesome training, Lee added.
"The training is validating the unit's readiness," Lee said, "and that we should be more than ready for the training in May."
The commander's intent is to prepare each squad for the upcoming live-fire training the unit will be having in May, Barnhouse said.