1229th TC prepares for deployment
October 8, 2013
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Maryland Army National Guard's 1229th Transportation Company completed their culminating training exercise at Fort Hood, TX in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan recently here.
The Baltimore-based company is composed of nearly 200 Soldiers and is commanded by Capt. Ronald Martin and 1st Sgt. Adam Erickson.
The unit arrived at the 'Great Place' on 14 July, and began their "road to war" training. Preparation prior to the unit's culminating training exercise consisted of 40 days of rigorous and comprehensive training to include language and cultural skills, a battery of weapons ranges, convoy live-fire exercises, counter improvised explosive device lanes, and mountainous operations training.
The 1229th's CTE was designed to stress all aspects of the mission set that they will experience in theater. From command post operations to convoy operations, the transportation Soldiers were provided with all of the tools necessary to be successful in carrying out their mission.
"The training provided by 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment and 479th Field Artillery Brigade here at Fort Hood was the most realistic our company has experienced to date," said Martin. "Our Soldiers will leave here with absolute confidence in the training they received and an increased confidence in their ability to successfully complete our mission."
The Soldiers of 1229th Transportation Company demonstrated an outstanding ability to work as a team and learned quickly during their CTE. Having successfully completed the exercise, they're ready to deploy and hit the ground running in Afghanistan.