|By Spc. Ryan
Stroud, Army News Service
ARSENAL, Ala. — The 832nd Ordnance Battalion is the last stop
for many trainee Soldiers before they head off to their respective
Staff Sgt. Alexander Cox, a
Warrior Tactical Academy cadre, watches as trainee Soldiers
dismount a truck in preparation for a mission. (Photo
by Spc. Ryan Stroud)
when the chance comes up for these Soldiers to receive extra training
to prepare them for a possible deployment overseas, they head off for
Warrior Tactical Academy where they will receive a refresher course on
their "Warrior Task and Battle Drills."
at the WTA, trainee Soldiers could face a multitude of scenarios,
making preparation for each a vital part of their training mission.
we had going on (March 10) was training the Soldiers for the lane they
will go on tomorrow," said Staff Sgt. Alexander Cox, a member of
Headquarters & Alpha and also a cadre at the WTA. "They will
be conducting convoy operations where they will be dealing with
civilian scenarios and also IED (improvised explosive device)
scenarios, all to prepare them for any possible deployments
training was to help prepare them with the actual vehicle they will be
traveling on and its weapons systems so when they hit the lane, the
trainees will be a little more efficient," he said.
"Basically, this lane they will conduct their mission on will
implement their entire warrior task and battle drills. We (the cadre)
set up these scenarios so we can observe the trainees and see how they
will react to conflict. They will have to work together to achieve
their mission, whether it’s one person providing aid, another
pulling guard and everyone else reacting to fire, they have to work
together to accomplish their mission."
"We (the cadre) set up these scenarios so we can observe
the trainees and see how they will react to conflict."
Sgt. Alexander Cox,
Warrior Tactical Academy Cadre
might even have to dismount and take the lane by foot so this training
helps refresh older training they received in basic."
trainee Soldiers also had the chance to educate themselves once again
on the "SAW," practicing how to properly load and handle the
‘SAW’ (M249 squad automatic weapon) is going to be a weapon these
trainees will use in their deployments," Cox said. "I know
they get the chance to handle them while in basic training, but it
never hurts to go over it again and give the Soldiers more experience
with the weapon."
important that they know how to properly load and fire this weapon and
this just gives them a refresh(er)."
these trainee Soldiers are refreshing on their Warrior Battle Drills,
they are receiving expert advice from those who have already been
overseas and have seen what works and what will help these Soldiers
Staff Sgt. Alexander Cox teaches
trainee Soldiers how to properly load an M-249 Squad Automatic
Weapon at the WTA. (Photo
by Spc. Ryan Stroud)
these Soldiers out here today being support MOSs, (while deployed) we
do a lot of convoy operation, and (the cadre) try to incorporate a few
things we have learned while being deployed and from our experiences
from past units," Cox said.
a Soldier does something that they shouldn’t be doing, and you’ve
possibly seen the same thing overseas that wasn’t working, we do our
best to mention it to the Soldier."
really good to have a ‘heads- up’ before you do anything so with
this type of training, we try our best to prepare these trainees with
what’s going to come," Curtis Lewis, WTA command observer and a
member of the Alabama National Guard, said.
don’t want them (deploying) and not knowing what to do out there, we
want them ready. All of the cadre out here has different experiences
from deployments, so we try to combine all of the best together to
properly and efficiently train and help these Soldiers for when they
(Stroud is with the 59th
Ordnance Brigade of the Redstone Arsenal, Ala.)