Combat PT readies Vanguards for new light-infantry mission
September 2, 2009
<b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </B>-- Since the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has converted from a heavy-armored brigade to light-infantry, the Vanguards are now ensuring its troops are fit to fight on foot. This new light-fighting initiative means Soldiers must be prepared for any combat environment, and by incorporating combat drills to physical training, Company G, 703rd Brigade Support Battalion is doing just that.
In teams of four, the troops tackled combat physical training, Aug. 26. This training, according to Capt. Roy Faulkner, G Co. executive officer, was essential and included a two-mile run, water jug carry, low crawl and litter carry.
"This type of physical, strenuous PT prepares our unit for combat," Capt. Faulkner said.
First Sergeant Richard Rodriguez agreed with his sentiments.
"This training is focused on combat operations and shows (us) just how ready (we) are for the next deployment," he said, adding that combat PT also helps Soldiers build endurance and learn to work as a team.
For one Soldier the PT was not only physically challenging, but reemphasized the meaning of the Soldier's Creed.
"It teaches you how not to leave a fallen comrade," said Specialist Kendrick Dixon, who added the PT helped push him to his limits.
"Combat drills test your endurance and help you learn to handle situations under pressure," Spc. Dixon said. "This kind of PT is more exciting and gets (your) adrenaline pumping."