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