Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta, Army National Guard
Soldiers of A Company, 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment engage targets after assaulting and clearing a trench system, one of their objectives during a platoon live-fire exercise at the Udairi Range Complex in northern Kuwait, July 31, 2012. The brightly colored material of the progress pole is visible on the Soldier to the left. As the name implies, a highly-visible progress pole shows the assault element's progress and location as they clear a trench, so troops providing fire support know where to shoot safely and effectively. The Soldiers also cleared buildings during the exercise. In addition to undertaking camp and security-force operations, the South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers have kept up the pace of their training since deploying to Kuwait in April.