Sustainers get back to the basics
October 19, 2011
FORT KNOX, Ky. (October 18, 2011) -- The 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) conducted warrior tasks training Oct. 12-14 here.
The training was a part of the 3d ESC's train-up process as the unit prepares for its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan is support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Warrior tasks covered throughout the training included land navigation, casualty evaluation, radio communications, and reacting to a chemical/biological attack.
While the tasks listed above are those in which Soldiers learn during basic combat, many have not performed them since then. With this in mind, the 3d ESC wanted to give its Soldiers a refresher course on these basic Soldiers skills.
"With the training, we were seeking to prepare our Soldiers for what they could encounter while deployed," said 1st Sgt. Michael Johnson, the 3d ESC's Headquarters and Headquarters Company senior enlisted leader. "Our overall intent was to refresh our Soldiers on the skills they acquired during their early years in the Army. If you don't use the skills regularly, you could lose them."
With the 3d ESC scheduled to deploy soon, unit leadership felt as if it was important for the Soldiers to brush up on their skills. The warrior tasks are important to Soldiers because they are essential to the Army's ability to win on the modern battlefield. Regardless of a Soldiers military occupational specialty, they risk exposure to hostile actions.
"Many of these Soldiers received the basic level of training when they first joined the Army," said Sgt. 1st Class Steven Barthmaier, who taught Soldiers how to effectively evaluate a casualty during the training. "Now with this training, Soldiers are now tactical and proficient on their warrior tasks and drills."
Overall, leadership was pleased with the training exercise. 1st Sergeant Johnson said that the training was just one of the many tasks the unit will face in preparation for its deployment.
"Overall, I feel that the training went well," said 1st Sgt. Johnson. "I was very pleased with everything from the knowledgeable instructors to Soldier participation."