• CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, conduct room breaching drills by detonating C-4 plastic explosive to breach a locked door during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at a demolitions range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011.  “The range validates the training through live demolitions,” said 1st Sgt. Harold Cole Jr., senior enlisted Soldier, Company C.

    Door Breach

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, conduct room breaching drills by detonating C-4 plastic explosive to breach a...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, maintain perimeter security at a safe distance during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at a demolitions range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011.

    Fire-ball

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, maintain perimeter security at a safe distance during Engineer Core Demolition Task...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Specialist Michael Chiumiento, a combat engineer from Winthrop, Mass., assigned to ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, links together a C-4 plastic explosive block during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at a blast range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011. “Even at his skill level, he should learn how to prime a charge and set-up the firing systems,” said 1st Sgt. Harold Cole Jr., Chaos’ senior enlisted Soldier, as he gestured toward Chiumiento.

    Prepping the wire

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Specialist Michael Chiumiento, a combat engineer from Winthrop, Mass., assigned to ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, links together...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq –‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, bury a C-4 plastic explosive charge three-feet deep to demonstrate shockwave effect during their Engineer Core Demolition Task Training held at a demolitions range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011.

    The bomb

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq –‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, bury a C-4 plastic explosive charge three-feet deep to demonstrate shockwave effect during their...

  • CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, detonate C-4 explosives during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at a demolitions range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, Aug. 11, 2011. The unit used the explosives to remove obstacles, destroy fortifications, and breach doors.

    Twice the power

    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq – Soldiers from ‘Chaos’ Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, detonate C-4 explosives during Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at a...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq " ‘Chaos’ Soldiers, Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Advise and Assist Task Force, 1st Infantry Division, conducted Engineer Core Demolition Task Training at an explosives range outside of Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq, August 11.
The training allowed Soldiers to maintain monthly certification requirements by using explosives to remove obstacles, destroy fortifications, and breach doors.
“The range validates the training through live demolitions,” said 1st Sgt. Harold Cole, Jr., senior enlisted Soldier, Company C.
Although the company’s primary mission is conducting route clearance patrols, the training ensures Soldiers remain proficient in engineer core training, designed for conventional war tasks.
The exercise is designed to ensure squads understand their roles as combat engineers, said Cole, a 21-year veteran from Dixon, Mo.
“They learn to pick different demo to cause different end states,” said Cole. “End states are like deciding which explosives to use in order to yield the effect that you want.”
Explosives used by the combat engineers, like C-4, can be used to “cut” through metal, force trees to fall in a desired direction, or clear mines.
“Even at his skill level, he should learn how to prime a charge and set up the firing systems,” said Cole, as he gestured toward Spc. Michael Chiumiento, a combat engineer with less than two years of service.
“We’re refreshing our skills with C-4,” said Chiumiento, who hails from Winthrop, Mass. “We learned this coming into the Army, but out here we really don’t use it. That’s why I like the range. We do our jobs.”
During the training, Soldiers, including military police troops, practiced quick room entry, halting enemy vehicles, and destroying weapons using explosives.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st STB, 1st AATF, Soldiers often use explosives training as a way to safely dispose of confiscated enemy weapons.
“Typically, after a case in Kirkuk is closed, we’re left with having to destroy the weapons used as evidence,” said Staff Sgt. Leo Guzman, an MP from Swannanoa, N.C., currently assigned to the 1st STB.
“I’m here to have them destroy some weapons, and these ranges make it easier on us,” said Guzman. “Attaching a block of C-4 to anything is a sure-fire way to destroy it.”
After moving a safe distance away from the explosives, Guzman and Chaos Soldiers watched as Chiumiento, carrying the spool of detonation cord, handed it over to another Soldier who rigged it to a detonator.
Pulling the detonator caused a huge explosion that sent weapons parts, burning wood splints and a thunderous, bright-orange fire-ball high into the air.
“If anyone wants to know why I became a combat engineer, that’s why,” screamed Chiumiento, in excitement.

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