CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Soldiers with 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division conducted their final training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait last week before they transition into Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

Training included counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) training, counter-radio controlled IED electronic warfare (CREW) training and rolled-vehicle egress training.

Soldiers learned the differences between various explosive devices and techniques used by enemy forces to fabricate and emplace the devices. Then, Soldiers walked through a hands-on scenario that displayed hiding places, detonation techniques and materials used to create bombs.

The lane included vehicles used to contain improvised explosive devices, buried replicas of explosives, mannequins to show how criminals hid grenades on their body and how culverts, trash, gravel and other terrain features hide improvised explosive devices.

"This is my first deployment and I enjoyed learning about the (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) and how to identify the criminals," said Pfc. Brandon Kim, with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment.

The training will be valuable once the brigade reaches their destination. As Soldiers conduct missions, they will use this training to identify threats and uncover hidden explosives.

"This is giving (the junior Soldiers) an overall idea of what to look for and helping them understand that everything changes and to not become complacent," said Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Jordan, a communications chief with the squadron.

Camp Buehring is home to humvee rollover simulators as well as mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle simulators. Both roll 360 degrees and stop upside down to teach the Soldier how to egress when inverted.

Mounted cameras allowed onlookers to view the exercise from within the vehicle and empty water bottles illustrated the importance of securing loose equipment in vehicles to the Soldiers conducting the training.

"It's important for the newcomers so they know what to expect from a rollover," said Sgt. 1st Class Laquinta Webster, with A Troop. "They need to know what steps they need to take."

The brigade has conducted extensive training over the last year in preparation for this deployment and events like these are the finishing touches for their upcoming transition into Iraq.

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