HOHENFELS, Germany --When you are training at a combat training center that has inclines of up to almost 40 percentage, one of the key skills needed is knowing how to stay safe in the event of a roll-over.
Military partners from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine took part in roll-over training as part of the safety training for Saber Junction 19 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center. Sgt. 1st Class Romel Uganzia, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 4 Infantry Regiment, said this training is essential to the success of training rotations with multinational partners.
"Safety and roll-over training provides important and concise guidelines for all participants here at Hohenfels which in turn allows everyone to operate at the highest level in order to replicate the most real world combat operations while doing our best to protect our greatest asset- which are the Soldiers." said Uganzia.
Training at the Hohenfels training area has a variety of hazards according to JMRC Safety Officer, Tony Padilla.
"Weather in Hohenfels can change quickly and dust can turn to mud which can then dry into a clay like material," said Padilla. "We know that if soldiers are aware of the hazards and prepare for them that they can decrease the risks."
JMRC has a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer that allows troops to practice how to survive in the event of an inverted event.
"The roll-over experience helped me realize how important the seatbelts are and how important is the teamwork," said Romanian Pvt. Oana Seretan, assigned to 2nd company, 812th Infantry Battalion.
According to Uganzia, with the safety training completed, Azerbaijan, Bulgarian, Romanian and Georgian troops participants have the essential knowledge they require to have a safe and successful training rotation here on Hohenfels.