Staff Sgt. George Leong (left) and Staff
Sgt. Doug C. Thomas (center), both with the 332nd Engineer
Detachment, man an entry control point during Patriot Warrior.
Sgt. Edward M. Whiting is an observer-controller-trainer with
the 978th Quartermaster Company. (Photo
by Staff Sgt. KaRonda Fleming)
On Aug. 14, the
332nd Engineer Detachment, based out of Kittanning, Pa., executed
scenarios of securing an entry/exit control point against cultural
role players at Contingency Operating Location (COL) Multi-Purpose
Field Training Site-1.
observer-controller-trainers (OCTs) received two or three different
platoons from the engineer detachment to run scenarios, said Sgt.
Edward M. Whiting, an OCT for Patriot Warrior 09, with the 978th
Quartermaster Company. There were three scenarios in the morning and
three scenarios in the afternoon. He said the training Soldiers
receive can range from sniper attacks and vehicle-borne improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) to crowd-control scenarios.
that as they ran the scenario lanes, he hoped the practice will
positively affect the overall mission of the units at the COL and that
Soldiers will understand the big picture.
exercise will gear up to the end, where we will have one mass Patriot
Warrior 2009 game," said Whiting. "Each COL will have their
own missions, and once everything is in play, they will know what to
look for if there are sniper attacks or IEDs."
our scenarios, everyone has a small role and everyone has their own
sectors that they have to control; for example base defense, convoy
operations, supply missions, and training of that nature," he
Whiting has the
goal of training his junior enlisted Soldiers to learn leadership
skills by preparing them to be capable of taking charge of their own
squad or unit. He said he does not want them to be afraid to get up
and voice their opinions.
He said, in his
eyes, leadership is leading the next person to do his job.
He trains his
Soldiers to be capable of taking his position, to defend the country
like he would if necessary.