By Pfc. Aaron Braddy, 1st HBCT PAOJune 18, 2008
Soldiers from Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team trained on weapons and Combatives during "Gladiators Weapons Week" June 2- 5 at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex.
The goal of the training was to familiarize Soldiers with individual and crew served weapons, as well as to train Soldiers on using themselves as a weapon to overtake the enemy through hand-to-hand Combatives.
"This is our third day, and so far it's been wonderful. We do a lot of training and we also get to enjoy one another while being Soldiers," said Pvt. Regeneld Mentor, HHC.
The Gladiators shot the .50 caliber and MK19 crew-served weapons during the first two days of training.
"As a Headquarters and Headquarters Company it is challenging to execute split base operations and this was the first time we deployed as a Company to a training location off the (Casey) enclave," said Capt. Antoinette Turner, HHC commander.
During the third day, Soldiers did one-on-one rolling sessions, which incorporated drills one through three of Level 1 Combatives. These Soldiers will move on to qualify for Level 1 Combatives certificates with a few more days of training.
"Overall I would say that this training exercise was a success," said Turner. "And there was a sense of enjoyment, accomplishment and fulfillment that could be seen on every Gladiator's face."