Staff Sgt. Alex Rhodes and Sgt. Michael Cooperstein, both of the 14th Military Intelligence Battalion, detain a civilian who attempted to infiltrate a military area in a scenario during Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills Training on Fort Sam Houston Sept. 14.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The 14th Military Intelligence Battalion conducted Warrior Tasks and Battle Drill Training Sept. 14-17, the first major training event after a year overseas.

"Our battalion is still in the reset phase after having recently [returned] from Iraq," said Lt. Col. Kris Arnold, the interrogation battalion's commander.

"It was designed to assist Soldiers in mentally transitioning from reset and reintegration to a training environment."

On day one of training, Soldiers moved from station to station for hands-on lessons.

At station one Soldiers learned about different types of grenades, performed safety checks, and employed them from combat positions.

At station two Soldiers learned to identify topographic symbols on military maps, measure distance, identify terrain features, and navigate using defense advanced GPS receivers.

At station three Soldiers practiced moving as a member of a fire team, during an urban operation under direct fire; and over, through and around obstacles while reacting to indirect fire while dismounted.

On day two, Soldiers performed voice communications operations. They practiced requesting medical evacuation; and preparing and sending situation reports, spot reports and unexploded ordnance reports.

Soldiers learned to use visual signaling techniques, report intelligence information, perform surveillance without the aid of electronic devices and report information of potential intelligence value.

At the third station, Soldiers learned to don protective masks during a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear attack and practiced proper decontamination.

Day three was dedicated to performing life saving measures. Soldiers evaluated each other as casualties; performed first aid to clear objects stuck in the throat of a conscious casualty, performed first aid on bleeding or severed limbs, and transported casualties dismounted.

The final day of training involved role playing. Soldiers dressed as civilians attempted to infiltrate a military area. They checked press credentials and practiced speaking with the media in situations where civil disturbances became public.

There was also hands-on instruction with searching a privately-owned vehicle and passengers.

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