[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                     January 14, 2011
Mobilization

California Soldiers train in snow,
cold weather

By 1st Lt. Jeffrey Gruidl, 181st infantry Brigade, Division West Public Affairs Office

FORT McCOY, Wis. — Soldiers from the 649th Engineer Company, a California National Guard unit, based in Chico, Calif., conducted squad-level movement training at Fort McCoy in December as part of mobilization training for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

PHOTO: Soldiers from the 649th Engineer Company conduct squad-level movement training at Fort McCoy as part of their mobilization training for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by 1st Lt. Jeffrey Gruidl
Soldiers from the 649th Engineer Company conduct squad-level movement training at Fort McCoy as part of their mobilization training for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Although December at Fort McCoy isn’t a radical change for the 649th Soldiers, it did take some adjustment to training in two feet of snow and temperatures in the low teens.

The 3rd Battalion, 335th Regiment of the 181st Infantry Brigade ensures training units are proficient in squad-movement tactics. This training involves having dismounted squads organize, prepare, and execute a combat operation under live-fire daylight and blank-fire nighttime conditions.

Leaders must move an eight-to-12-Soldier squad tactically and react to enemy contact.
This is preparatory training for the platoon live-fire exercise.

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