FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Georgia National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, conducted training at the Urban Assault Course at Fort Stewart, Georgia, as part of the eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) exercise, June 11, 2017.

The XCTC is a three week long brigade field training exercise designed to certify readiness at platoon level. The 48th IBCT is partnered with 3rd Infantry Division during XCTC and is under the command 3rd ID as part of the Army's Associated Unit Pilot Program.

Lt. Col. Andrew Heymann, commander of 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, led his battalion through defensive operations, company live-fires and platoon situational training exercise lanes.

Heymann said the AUPP helps the unit to train and increase the mission readiness in order to deploy when the time occurs.

"Since we have resources from Fort Stewart at hand, we are now able to execute the mission at a high level," said Heymann.

Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bell, an infantryman from 2nd Bn, 121st Infantry Reg., engaged in the training talked about his soldiers and the quality training they are getting during XCTC.

This is an good opportunity for the soldiers out here to train and hone in on the skills the soldiers already posses, said Bell. This training gets the soldiers ready and in the fight when the fight comes.

Bell said soldiers are getting valuable training out of the dry, blank and live iterations.

"The dry, blank and live training give us an opportunity to apply everything we've learned," said Bell. "Blank rounds and live rounds in a controlled environment allow us to correct minor mistakes and improve our skillsets."