Land Nav
A second lieutenant plots his navigation points using a map, compass and protractor May 31.

FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 20, 2012) -- Lieutenants in Hawk Troop, 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, recently conducted a night and day land navigation course at Red Diamond Range. Their mission? To find at least five out of eight points during the day and three out of five points at night.

The lieutenants were first taught how to navigate using the most rudimentary tools available to them: a map, compass and protractor.

"The method of using devices that are basic, teaches the lieutenants to navigate without the use of a battery-powered device, giving them a level of proficiency that supersedes the need for technology," said Staff Sgt. Eugene Stewart, an instructor for Hawk Troop.

After learning to work with basic tools, the lieutenants could use all available technology to complete the land navigation training, such as phones and GPS devices.

The training relates to all aspects of the Armor Basic Officer Leader Course, Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Gisi said.

"The lieutenants need to be proficient in land navigation in order to effectively lead Soldiers while dismounted or mounted," he said. "It also aids their ability to provide command and control of their elements during missions."

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