Soldiers from HHT and Troop B, 1st Bn., 7th Cav. Regt., 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div., engage targets Feb. 8, during Close Quarters Marksmanship Training at Udari Range in Kuwait. The training focused on engaging the enemy during dismounted patrols and applying proper techniques to maximize effectiveness while minimizing friendly casualties and collateral damage.

CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait - Urban patrols are a frequent occurrence for a scout and like any combat operation, rehearsal is key.

As part of preparation for patrolling in sector, Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, rehearse techniques specifically related to engaging the enemy once discovered. In an urban environment, there is always a potential for ambushes, which requires the Soldier to respond quickly and appropriately.

Close Quarters Marksmanship training gives them those techniques to ensure that the enemy is engaged prior to inflicting any friendly casualties while avoiding friendly fire incidents and unnecessary collateral damage. The training runs from muzzle awareness and proper stance to footwork and target acquisition. All these things are simple steps that will save the precious seconds necessary to successfully engage and defeat the enemy.

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