CAMP DODGE, Iowa - Members of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 277th Maintenance Company honed their skills at the Iowa Army National Guard’s Sustainment Training Center Aug. 6-19.
The unit trained on maintenance skills like welding, electronic diagnostics, technical inspections and equipment recovery.
The training at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa, enabled maintainers to increase readiness and preparedness for future missions and exercises.
The rotation demonstrated the 277th’s readiness to pack, move, and train as if the unit were deployed.
“I feel training is important because we’re training today’s Soldiers for tomorrow’s missions,” said Warrant Officer Kyle Dickerson, an armament instructor at the STC. “The Army has to stay sharp and vigilant. This training sets these Soldiers up for real-world missions and any issues they need to solve.”
This training provided scenarios in field maintenance, logistics and medical tasks. It also gave Soldiers hands-on experience with the latest gear available in the Army.
The 277th Maintenance Company frequently supports units during large-scale exercises, like rotations at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, and the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Johnson, Louisiana. The company is assigned to the 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, which serves major logistical roles in the Georgia Army National Guard. Training rotations such as the STC ensure the 277th Maintenance Company lives its motto of “Fixing the Fight.”
“The training is vital for us because the Soldiers receive hands-on experience,” said Capt. Bethany Chisley, commander of the 277th Maintenance Company. “This gives our Soldiers an opportunity to dive in, train on their specific jobs, and learn how that fits into the bigger picture.”