1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
A team of four Soldiers walked
through a muddy, wooded area, using the lush foliage as
concealment for its movements.
Reaching an open field, the Soldiers lowered into the prone position, hurtling in three-to-five second rushes,
using two-man intervals to engage the enemy.
Soldiers from Company A, 1st
Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th
used the wooded training area of Fort Carson Range 155 to conduct live-fire exercises and battle drills Feb. 13-16.
"The main point of this
exercise is to build teamwork and confidence within the Soldiers'
teams," said Company A
1st Sgt. Chris Simmons. "Teamwork is the basis of everything we do, so we conduct battle drills to instill the Soldiers
with confidence in their battle tactics."
Each team member participating
in the exercise relied on his individual skills and his comrades
to successfully navigate the lane.
"A live-fire exercise is important because Soldiers have to learn to work in cohesion and communicate with each other,"
said Sgt. John Meeks, Company A team leader.
Working together as a unit, the
infantrymen covered each other s movements, while keeping an eye
on their surroundings.
"While conducting these exercises, the Soldiers learn the ins-and-outs of each other,"
Meeks said. "They work on
their movements, help each other and critique their battle drills
until they get it right."
This training improved the way Soldiers operate in a combat environment, said infantry team leader Spc. Isaiah Beckham.
Soldiers learned how to use their senses and adapt to new situations. "This training showed how well teams could react
and break contact with an enemy," said Beckham.
Conducting three phases of
training, "Regular" Soldiers performed a blank and
dry-fire exercise, a live-fire exercise
and squad movement exercises, honing their collective skills in basic infantry tasks.
This exercise served as a good
refresher for the Soldiers who haven't been to the field in a
while, said Meeks.
The teams practice battle drills until the movements become second nature.
Returning to the field, Soldiers
developed skills they learned in basic training, as well as new
skills they learned in their unit,
Crawling through the mud and
sand during field exercises is exactly the kind of realistic
training Soldiers need, said Meeks.
It's the hard work of being in the field, sweating from a hard day's work, which makes their experiences worthwhile.
"The Soldiers love being
out in the field; it's what they signed up to do," said
Simmons. "Every Soldier that signs up to be infantry,
did it for the field training to get in the mud and train as hard as they can."
Story and photo from the Fort Carson Mountaineer Vol. 70 No. 8 February 24, 2012
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