• Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stack up behind a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle in preparation to engage targets while maneuvering on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees were training to build team cohesion and confidence in preparation for their next rendezvous with destiny.

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry...

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stack up behind a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle in preparation to engage targets while maneuvering on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort...

  • Currahees with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, rush to a covered position during the blank-fire iteration of a live-fire exercise. The Soldiers used blank ammunition to practice the scenario prior to shooting live ammunition.

    Currahees with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry...

    Currahees with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, rush to a covered position during the blank-fire iteration of a live-fire exercise. The Soldiers used blank ammunition to practice the scenario...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sprint across a road during the live-fire exercise on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees were training to build team cohesion and confidence in preparation for their next rendezvous with destiny.

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry...

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sprint across a road during the live-fire exercise on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees were training to build team cohesion and...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scan for potential threats while in the prone position during the blank iteration of the live-fire exercise on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers used blank ammunition to practice the scenario prior to shooting live ammunition.

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry...

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scan for potential threats while in the prone position during the blank iteration of the live-fire exercise on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky...

The Currahees with Company A and Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a platoon mounted and dismounted live-fire exercise on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

"This is the first time we have the entire platoons loaded up in the vehicles that we will be using while deployed," said Cpt. Benjamin Scott, the commander for Co. A, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "This really emphasizes some of the fundamental fire maneuver, use of support by fire and direct fire control measures we use."

For brand new Soldiers or those who have not yet deployed, this type of training gives them an understanding for scenarios they might face on the battlefield.

"Most of us, including myself, are new out here," said Pvt. Brandon J. Del Angel, an infantryman with Co. A, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "We are trying to get a feel for not just battle drills but working with our buddies as well."

Developing cohesion as well as knowing and thinking about the proper movement will benefit them when reacting to contact.

"It's good training for reacting to contact, it really gets the adrenaline going," said Pvt. Alex Murtha, an infantryman with Co. A, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "This could happen at any point when we get to Afghanistan."

Before deploying, Soldiers use live-fire exercises to fine-tune skills while building trust.

"I think training like this is necessary because I want to fix mistakes before I go down range," said Del Angel. "This training helped me build up confidence in myself. I can trust these guys and I trust my skills as well."

A Soldier's confidence and trust in their team, as well as themselves, is essential in preparing for their next rendezvous with destiny.

"This is the first time and the best opportunity that they are going to have to work as a team under live-fire conditions before they deploy," said Scott. "Almost 50 percent of our Soldiers are deploying for their first-time, this gives them a chance to go through with live ammunition under, as close to, live battle conditions as possible."

The Currahees are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in late spring of 2013.

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