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February 11, 2011

Mobilization
PHOTO: Chaplain (Capt.) Hyosek Kim, center, talks with an Afghani official, played by a cultural role player, in the Afghani’s home, about U.S. Army assistance to the Afghani village. Photo by Tom Michele

Local interaction
Chaplain (Capt.) Hyosek Kim, center, talks with an Afghani official, played by a cultural role player, in the Afghani’s home, about U.S. Army assistance to the Afghani village. Kim and the two Soldiers providing security with him are with the 368th Engineer Battalion, a New Hampshire-based Army Reserve unit, training at Fort McCoy to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The scenario involved a U.S. Army convoy with a high-ranking U.S. official interacting with local Afghani officials. The scenario is re-enacted several times for mobilizing units to learn about the culture and customs of the people they will encounter in-theater.

Photos By Tom Michele

PHOTO: Soldiers maintain a tight security posture as they leave a rural village after meeting with village officials. Photo by Tom Michele Meeting departure
Soldiers maintain a tight security posture as they leave a rural village after meeting with village officials. The Soldiers are headed back to their convoy and other missions on the Fort McCoy training lanes. Missions range from interacting with villagers regarding Army assistance for various projects to searching for and apprehending insurgents, which often involves firefights. The dozens of scenarios are part of the mobilization training for units being deployed to Operation New Dawn or Enduring Freedom. These Soldiers, with the 368th Engineer Battalion, a New Hampshire-based Army Reserve unit, will deploy to Afghanistan.
PHOTO: Ron Elsing pumps fuel into a Humvee guntruck at Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom fuel point as truck crewmember Sgt. Darrell Arwood watches. Photo by Tom Michele

Refueling operations
Ron Elsing pumps fuel into a Humvee guntruck at Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom fuel point as truck crewmember Sgt. Darrell Arwood watches. Arwood is with the 231st Survey and Design Team and was with a 1249th Engineer Battalion convoy that just returned from exercise missions. The 231st and 1249th are preparing to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Elsing works for Eagle Systems and Services, which provides support to the mobilization program.

PHOTO: Five Soldiers from the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion position themselves with their weapons at one of Fort McCoy’s laser-controlled Engagement Skills Trainer firing ranges. Photo by Tom Michele Simulation training
Five Soldiers from the 501st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion position themselves with their weapons at one of Fort McCoy’s laser-controlled Engagement Skills Trainer firing ranges. Soldiers fire laser beams at video targets that are recorded for playback review and scores. From left are 1st Sgt. Joseph Landy, Sgt. William St. John, Sgt. 1st Class Melissa Harpell, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Raub-Scott, and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Williams. The 501st, a New York Army National Guard unit from Glenville, N.Y., is training at Fort McCoy to deploy to support Operation New Dawn. 

 

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