• Simulating a real-time casulty rescue on the battlefield, medics from 1/64th Armor, 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID, promptly remove an injured Soldier to further reassess and render medical aid during 2nd HBCT's Spartan Focus at Fort Stewart, May 28.

    Spartans Focus on Realistic Training, Unit Cohesion

    Simulating a real-time casulty rescue on the battlefield, medics from 1/64th Armor, 2nd HBCT, 3rd ID, promptly remove an injured Soldier to further reassess and render medical aid during 2nd HBCT's Spartan Focus at Fort Stewart, May 28.

  • After running from Soldiers, an enemy combatant, played by Pvt. Keith Bishow, 1/30 Inf., is tracked down by Staff Sgt. Frank Neal, 3/7 Cav., and his squad as they carefully surround the area in a 360-degree formation before beginning a search of the assailant for any weapons or other threats during 2nd HBCT's Spartan Focus at Fort Stewart, May 30.

    Spartan Focus in Full Swing for 2nd HBCT

    After running from Soldiers, an enemy combatant, played by Pvt. Keith Bishow, 1/30 Inf., is tracked down by Staff Sgt. Frank Neal, 3/7 Cav., and his squad as they carefully surround the area in a 360-degree formation before beginning a search of the...

  • Private Josh Nehrling, 1/30th Inf., 2nd HBCT, played an enemy combatant to help ready troops for situations they could face in Iraq and Afghanistan, during Spartan Focus at Taylor Creek, May 31.

    Spartans Focus on Realistic Training, Unit Cohesion

    Private Josh Nehrling, 1/30th Inf., 2nd HBCT, played an enemy combatant to help ready troops for situations they could face in Iraq and Afghanistan, during Spartan Focus at Taylor Creek, May 31.

  • Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd HBCT, train in a real time operation of a downed helicopter as they rescue the surving casualties from further injuries by simulating the application of  tourniquets, IV bags and dressing wounds while securing the perimeter and removing all hostile threats from the area during 2nd HBCT's Spartan Focus at Taylors Creek on Fort Stewart, May 31.

    Spartans Focus on Realistic Training, Unit Cohesion

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd HBCT, train in a real time operation of a downed helicopter as they rescue the surving casualties from further injuries by simulating the application of tourniquets, IV bags and dressing wounds...

  • Preparing to deploy the Explosive Ordinances and Disposal robot, Spc. Michael Walker 38th EOD, takes part in a joint operation with Soldiers from 1/30th Inf. and 3/7 Cav., 2nd HBCT, in the Moslin Village urban combat training site to remove a possible roadside improvised explosive device during 2nd HBCT's Spartan Focus at Fort Stewart, May 29.

    Spartans Focus on Realistic Training

    Preparing to deploy the Explosive Ordinances and Disposal robot, Spc. Michael Walker 38th EOD, takes part in a joint operation with Soldiers from 1/30th Inf. and 3/7 Cav., 2nd HBCT, in the Moslin Village urban combat training site to remove a possible...

  • Rolling through the streets of Moslin, one of the Army's largest urban combat training ranges, Soldiers from 1/64th Armor, 2nd BCT drive down main street toward a Mosque as they provide heavy armor support to the ground units as they infiltrate the city and set up a perimeter during 2nd BCT's Spartan Focus at Fort Stewart, May 29.

    Spartan Focus Training

    Rolling through the streets of Moslin, one of the Army's largest urban combat training ranges, Soldiers from 1/64th Armor, 2nd BCT drive down main street toward a Mosque as they provide heavy armor support to the ground units as they infiltrate the...

<b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> Aca,!" The lyrical sounds of Islamic call to prayer echoed off the cinderblock buildings as Soldiers quietly filed through the streets and around buildings in the simulated Iraqi village. Then several bursts of M-4 rounds broke the eerie silence that had fallen over the sunny Georgia morning. The gunfire was followed by shouts and calls for a medic.

More Soldiers, also members of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat team, came running, followed by a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. A wounded Soldier and Iraqi policeman were loaded into the waiting Bradley.

The Soldiers, members of 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division were at the combined arms collective training facility on Fort Stewart, taking part in urban reconnaissance operations training as a part of Spartan Focus, May 31. Also out that day, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd HBCT, conducted the same training on a different part of the facility.

The purpose of the training was to give Soldiers a chance to practice interacting with not only local Iraqi civilians, played by Iraqi interpreters, but also to identify insurgents and enemy combatants.

The exercise started with Soldiers entering the village on foot and making contact with the locals. Captain Arturo Flores, commander of Company A, 3/7 Cav., said the purpose of the training was to learn "situational awareness and ascertain what kind of people live in the town and where their loyalties lay."

Upon entering the town, Soldiers faced many different scenarios, including negotiating with local Iraqi leadership. As part of the exercise, Iraqi interpreters were brought in to play different members of the community, such as the mayor and chief of police. The role players helped teach Soldiers how to negotiate with local leaders and how to work with Iraqi security forces.

Steven Petrus, one of the Iraqi interpreters, acted as the local police chief, working with Soldiers on their negotiation skills. When asked about his favorite part of the exercise, Petrus said it was teaching cultural awareness.

"I try to make sure they know what to look for," he said.

Captain Flores said that simulating an Iraqi presence is a great training tool.

"It refreshes memories of how to conduct negotiations and trains lieutenants on how to do it right," he said.

"First impressions always count." said Capt. Aaron Vevasis in regards to interacting with local Iraqis during 1/64 Armor's after action review. It was one of the major points made during the review.

Abraham al Mawlood, one of the Iraqi interpreters, related a story in which an Army doctor had taken fire from an insurgent, returned fire, and treated the insurgent after he had shot him. He concluded the story with how much of an impression that act made on the locals.

Overall impressions of the training were positive and many lessons were learned.

"Soldiers are getting excellent training," Capt. Flores said. "Having the facilities and the Iraqis, we are getting great training."

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