Engineers compete at Black Diamonds squad challenge
March 29, 2012
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers from the 92nd "Black Diamonds" Engineer Battalion participated in the unit's squad competition field training exercise held at Fort Stewart, Mar. 19 -23.
The competition consisted of various events the battalion has been training on over the past three months in preparation for the unit's mission as the U.S. East Coast Global Response Force.
"We wanted a chance to assess the overall training from the last few months, so we put together a squad competition which tests all the skills the Soldiers have been working to develop for months now," said Sgt. First Class Jeremy Evans, 984th Co., 92nd Eng.
During the competition the Soldiers of the 92nd Eng. Bn. were tested over a wide variety of skill sets; from weapons assembly, supply movement, land navigation, react to fire, to traversing a mine field, and riot control, stated Sgt. First Class Evans.
"The competition was designed to see how well the individual squad leaders were able to move their squad through the lane. They were tested on their ability to assess the situation, come up with a plan and how effective that planning was," said Sgt. Frist Class Evans.
The varied events covered a wide array of potential skill sets needed as a Soldier in the unknown mission such as a Global Response Force, stated Capt. Krystal Stoinoff, 92nd Eng.
"All the events show how each individual Soldier has to be prepared for the unknown. As a Global Response Force we do not know whether we will be called to assist in a natural disaster, provide security, or even deploy to a combat situation. The best way to approach this is to prepare for the unexpected and perform when the nation calls," Capt. Stoinoff said.
In the competition squads were graded on time, planning, and execution of each lane, as well as, physical training tests and weapons qualifications, to determine the winning squad, said Sgt. First Class Evans.
"Basically the winning squad will receive a four-day pass, recognition from the 92nd Eng. Commander, but most importantly for engineers is the bragging rights earned from winning such a difficult challenge," Sgt. First Class Evans said.