Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Richard Wrigley, 2nd ABCT
Second Lt. Michael Kennedy, a platoon leader for Company D, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment "Desert Rogues," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, performs maintenance on the 50 Cal. Machine Gun mounted on his M1A2SEP Abrams Tank, during an exportable combat training center training event located at Camp Shelby, Miss., June 9, 2014. At Camp Shelby, the Rogues will act as the opposing force in support of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, a National Guard unit headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. This event marks the first time a battalion from the Active Component has acted as opposing force for a reserve-component unit since Sept. 11, 2001, due to the active Army's high rate of deployment. Not only does it signify that the Army is getting back to the way it used to be before the conflicts, but it also signifies a large step toward embracing the Total Army Concept. The training exercise is scheduled to be more than a month long, and will be finished in the last week of June.