DVIDS – News – Army Reserve Soldiers Prepare National Guard Military Police Unit Ahead of Deployment


FORT BLISS, TEXAS- Army Reserve Observer Trainer/Trainers, currently mobilized for First Army’s 5th Armored Brigade, provided a unique training exercise for Tennessee National Guard Soldiers preparing to a future deployment.

“It’s not your traditional range. This is a collective unity exercise,” explained Capt. Armand Kalugdan, officer in charge of Team Kilo, 3-360th Training Support Battalion, Salt Lake City, Utah, which reports to the 85th United States Army Reserve Support Command based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. .

The 45 battalions of the 85th USARSC dispersed across 25 states, provide capable and ready Army Reserve OC/Ts who possess the capabilities to partner with and train Army leaders in targeted areas of leadership, unit training, equipment and manning to support the First Army’s mission to successfully deploy units to win on the battlefield.

“To my knowledge, it was a concept that had never been done before in this way. The training concept is live fire base defense,” Kalugdan said. “This has never been done before in the detail we have, fully incorporating communications with the Base Defense Operations Cell (BDOC), fixed positions that simulate towers and the movement of the quick reaction force (QRF).”

The three-day exercise focused on communication skills and M240 machine gun teams firing at moving targets during day and night operations.

During live fire, soldiers corrected weapon malfunctions, reloaded ammunition, and changed gun barrels.

“Usually every thousand shots or so they do a barrel change,” explained the staff sergeant. Shawn Lehman, Range Safety Officer, 3-360th Training Support Battalion.

The soldiers watched the targets and watched them as they closed in on their position.

“Soldiers will be evaluated on their communication skills and their ability to communicate and coordinate the appropriate response to attackers,” explained Maj. Stefan Ralph, military police team leader, 3-360th Combat Support Battalion. training. “Units rely more on effective communication. You don’t shoot and move effectively without communication. In my experience, communication is the most important.

The 268th Military Police Company, based in Millington, Tennessee, is comprised of dedicated young soldiers who have maintained their resilience through several mission changes and have fully embodied the spirit of the Tennessee Willing State.

“I think the soldiers are ready,” said 1st Lt. Timothy Sanders, company commander, 268th Military Police Company. “A week ago we found out we were going to another place. The soldiers took him in stride. They are very resistant.

“This upcoming mission is quite unique. Every soldier leaving for this mission has volunteered. They want to be here. They are excited,” said 1st Sgt. RJ Phelps, 268th Military Police Company. “We are the first members of the Tennessee National Guard to perform this mission. We have accelerated the training and are already 100% validated in all areas. »

SPC. Mahala Perry, 31st Bravo Military Police, was assigned to the 251st Military Police Company, but volunteered to go on her first deployment to support the 268th Military Police Company.

“It’s my direct sister unit and I want to give them the support they need,” she said. “We had four months of preparation for the deployment. The training we have had so far will help us in the end. We had very good training.

Soldiers, like Staff Sgt. James Frazier, 68 Whiskey’s combat medic, brings years of deployment experience to the mission.

“This exercise is absolutely valuable,” said Frazier, who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. “Doing dry fire and real fire is invaluable exercise. It is the communication aspect of this exercise that is most valuable. It makes me proud to serve with these soldiers. They are so eager to serve their country and their state. It’s incredible.”

The OC/Ts leading the training are experienced military police soldiers who have all been deployed at least once.

“We have combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have soldiers who have been deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,” explained the master sergeant. Michael Naylor, NCO in Charge, Military Police Observer Controller Training Team. “We have been where we send our soldiers.”

Lt. Col. Raymond Love, commander of 3-360th Training Support Battalion, reflected on the exercise and the role his team played in preparing soldiers for deployment.

“Of all the missions we have OC/T’d, this is the one that’s paramount and that we get it right,” Love said. “Our observer coaches/trainers took the preparation of these soldiers for deployment more personally. This culminating exercise is essentially the culmination of 18 months of partnerships between the trainers here, the First Army trainers and the combatant command that will be receiving these excellent soldiers.

Date taken: 02.07.2022
Date posted: 02.07.2022 18:33
Story ID: 414213
Site: FORT BLISS, Texas, USA

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