• CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt.Travis Richardson (left) and Sgt. Henry Camacho prepare to enter and clear a building during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt.Travis Richardson (left) and Sgt. Henry Camacho prepare to enter and clear a building during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Larry Birschbach conducts a patrol with his squad during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Larry Birschbach conducts a patrol with his squad during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Pfc. Donovan Rafemontes (front), guides his squad through a potentially hostile urban area during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17. (U.S. Army photo by Robert R. Ramon, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Pfc. Donovan Rafemontes (front), guides his squad through a potentially hostile urban area during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17. (U.S. Army photo by Robert R. Ramon, U.S. Army South Public Affairs)

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - U.S. Army South Soldiers conduct an after action review during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - U.S. Army South Soldiers conduct an after action review during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - (Left to right) Sgt. 1st Class Richard Pittman, Sgt. 1st Class Rholynda Bronson, Sgt. Donald Coard, Sgt. 1st Class Tanshelle Pender and Staff Sgt. Sven Butler prepare to enter and clear a building during a U.S. Army South field

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - (Left to right) Sgt. 1st Class Richard Pittman, Sgt. 1st Class Rholynda Bronson, Sgt. Donald Coard, Sgt. 1st Class Tanshelle Pender and Staff Sgt. Sven Butler prepare to enter and clear a building during a U.S. Army South field

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Staff Sgt. Viviana Veliz makes her way through a potentially hostile urban area during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Staff Sgt. Viviana Veliz makes her way through a potentially hostile urban area during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. 1st Class Efrem Dicochea (left) and Staff Sgt. Viviana Veliz make their way through a potentially hostile urban area during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. 1st Class Efrem Dicochea (left) and Staff Sgt. Viviana Veliz make their way through a potentially hostile urban area during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Sven Butler engages the "enemy" during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Sven Butler engages the "enemy" during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Spc. Crystal Ray scans the area  as her squad makes its way through a potentially hostile urban environment during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Spc. Crystal Ray scans the area as her squad makes its way through a potentially hostile urban environment during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Oliver (left) and Staff Sgt. Viviana Veliz make their way through a potentially hostile urban environment during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Oliver (left) and Staff Sgt. Viviana Veliz make their way through a potentially hostile urban environment during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Donald Coard prepares to evacuate a mock casualty during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Donald Coard prepares to evacuate a mock casualty during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - (Left to right) Sgt. Donald Coard, Sgt. Jason Longoria and Staff Sgt. Sven Butler evacuate a mock casualty during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - (Left to right) Sgt. Donald Coard, Sgt. Jason Longoria and Staff Sgt. Sven Butler evacuate a mock casualty during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Donald Richardson (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Debra McGee (right) pull Sgt. Carmen Lockett out of a mock danger zone during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    CAMP BULLIS, Texas - Sgt. Donald Richardson (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Debra McGee (right) pull Sgt. Carmen Lockett out of a mock danger zone during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

  • (Left to right) Sgt. Joe Rodriguez, Sgt. Sully Moises and Staff Sgt. Samuel Merced call in for a medical evacuation during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

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    (Left to right) Sgt. Joe Rodriguez, Sgt. Sully Moises and Staff Sgt. Samuel Merced call in for a medical evacuation during a U.S. Army South field training exercise here May 17.

CAMP BULLIS, Texas (May 20, 2011) - U.S. Army South's Special Troops Battalion took time to sharpen Warrior skills during a field training exercise here May 16-20.

Successful accomplishment of the command's mission to enhance hemispheric security and stability within Central and South America and the Caribbean depends greatly on this type of training.

Remaining flexible and proficient with the capability to simultaneously conduct theater security cooperation, contingency operations, Title X support and serve as the executive agency for U.S. Southern Command and Department of the Army requires exceptional Soldiers ready to deal with a variety of challenges.

Referred to as an FTX, the training incorporated a variety of scenarios including squad training, reacting to direct fire, escalation of force procedures, room-clearing tactics, identifying and defeating improvised explosive devices, calling in medical evacuations, providing first aid, engaging targets with assigned weapons, conducting convoy missions, and effectively responding to and eggressing a vehicle during a rollover.

"You never know what contingency you're going to face or what environment you'll find yourself in," said Lt. Col. Charles Walters, STB commander. "This training helps to maintain the Soldier skills they need regardless of whether it's Iraq or within our area of focus. It helps to maintain those skills in case the situation arises."

At the Camp Bullis Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, a replicated urban environment, the Warriors put their skills to the test by engaging in simulated battles while conducting patrols and medical evacuation missions. Each scenario was unpredictable and sharpened the individual Soldier's skills as well as those of the leaders who planned the missions.

While focused on their overall mission, Army South Warriors must remain vigilant in the upkeep of their basic Soldier skills.

"We get caught up in the real-world missions," said 1st Sgt. Juan Munoz, Company B first sergeant. "But having Soldiers trained in the things they're supposed to be doing is our priority."

The importance of training is a common mantra among the Soldiers of Army South.

"We have to be a Soldier first," said Sgt. Carmen Lockett of Company B. "We must always know what to do in any situation by reacting quickly and efficiently in order to protect ourselves and our fellow Soldiers."

According to STB leaders, the FTX was designed to be as realistic as possible.

"It's very much like what you'd expect to encounter when you go on a patrol downrange," said 1st Sgt. Javier Rosa, Company A first sergeant. "The Soldiers had to deal with riots, IEDs, snipers, room-clearings and first aid. Regardless of whether we're in Afghanistan, Iraq or on a humanitarian mission somewhere in Latin America, these are important skills to have."

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