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February 25, 2011

Mobilization
PHOTO: An observer-controller-trainer walks away from the green smoke grenade he just threw on the ground at Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom entry-control point. Photo by Tom Michele

Smoke cover
An observer-controller-trainer walks away from the green smoke grenade he just threw on the ground at Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom entry-control point. The smoke cover helped set the mood for a situational training exercise base-defense session for Soldiers from the 475th Engineer Company, who reacted to simulated incoming fire. The tents support the vehicle-inspection process. The trainer is with the 181st Infantry Brigade, the mobilization trainers at Fort McCoy. The 475th is preparing to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Photos By Tom Michele

PHOTO: Soldiers walk along a Fort McCoy road as they prepare to mount up with the convoy of Humvee guntrucks. Photo by Tom Michele Rural village scenario
Soldiers walk along a Fort McCoy road as they prepare to mount up with the convoy of Humvee guntrucks. They had just completed a scenario at a rural village during a situational training exercise. The Soldiers are with the 322nd Engineer Company, an Army Reserve unit from Decorah, Iowa, training to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
PHOTO: Spc. Jonathon Mounier, left, and Spc. Jose Torres operate radios during a situational training exercise. Photo by Tom Mcihele

Radio communications
Spc. Jonathon Mounier, left, and Spc. Jose Torres operate radios during a situational training exercise as members of a security team at Fort McCoy’s Contingency Operating Location Freedom entry-control point. Constant and effective communication during base-defense operations is a critical part of combat operations. Mounier and Torres are with the 475th Engineer Company, which is an Army Reserve unit from Ponce, Puerto Rico, preparing to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

PHOTO: A Soldier points in the direction of where shots had been fired from and where he wanted his Soldiers to respond to during a situational training exercise at a rural village at Fort McCoy. Photo by Tom Michele Soldier response
A Soldier points in the direction of where shots had been fired from and where he wanted his Soldiers to respond to during a situational training exercise at a rural village at Fort McCoy. Another Soldier applies a tourniquet above the knee of a Soldier with simulated wounds, as others crouch in a defensive position, ready to respond to the incident. The Soldiers, from the 322nd Engineer Company, were with about 20 other Soldiers in a convoy stopped in the village to investigate a report about insurgent (opposing forces) activity. That’s when an insurgent popped out of a house and fired blanks at the 322nd visitors. That scenario evaluated how the 322nd reacted to that incident as part of the unit’s mobilization training in preparation for deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

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