3rd HBCT lands in Kuwait
June 27, 2012
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, have arrived in Kuwait for their deployment.
The Sledgehammer Brigade is deployed to Kuwait for a limited duration to conduct security operations, joint exercises and training. Its deployment reinforces the United States' long-standing bilateral defense cooperation with Kuwait. The partnership promotes security, stability, and the two countries' mutual interests in the region.
Sledgehammer Soldiers will train and fine-tune their mission readiness during the deployment.
"The adverse climate and terrain offers great opportunities to train in conditions unlike the ones we have back at Fort Benning," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mauriese Jones, 3rd HBCT targeting officer.
The Udairi Range and similar sites in Kuwait afford 3rd HBCT the opportunity to conduct live-fire exercises and battle simulations, which mirror real-world combat environments.
"It's all about the mindset," said Pfc. Richard Chae, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd HBCT. "You get out here and you train with that mindset and it will be more like second nature if it actually goes down."
The Sledgehammer Brigade is maintaining a presence in Kuwait to continue security efforts with critical U.S. regional partners.