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Training

Patriot Warrior gives Soldiers 
real-life training

BY STAFF SGT. KaRONDA FLEMING, 210th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Patriot Warrior 2009 gave opportunities for Soldiers to receive real-life training, which prepares them for future deployments. The exercise was held at Fort McCoy from Aug. 8-28.

Photo: 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)
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.

Each day, 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.

Whiting said 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.

"The total 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."

"During 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 said.

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.

 

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