It was anything but fun and games as members of the Expeditionary Contracting Command Headquarters conducted warrior task training recently at Fort Belvoir, Va.

"Training is one of the most important aspects of Soldiering," said Brig. Gen. Joe Bass, ECC commander, who participated in the day long training session. "In order to execute a mission, a Soldier has to be competent in their actions. That's what training is all about. Instilling the knowledge and confidence in one's ability to get the job done."

The day started out with ECC soldiers rolling up their sleeves and participating in an Army combative training session.

After a morning of tussling and tumbling, the ECC warriors gathered at one of Fort Belvoir's indoor firing ranges for small weapons familiarization. The contracting warriors assembled and disassembled 9 mm hand guns and M16 rifles.

"Training is the foundation of soldiering," said Sgt 1st. Class Antonio Ruffin, ECC Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear NCO and NCO-in-Charge of the training session. "It's important for Soldiers to remain proficient in the military occupational specialties but it is equally as important to maintain the basic soldiering skills that could one day save your life."

Next up was weapons training at an indoor firing range.

The day ended with navigation training. Squads were sent out to locate designated points in the wooded terrain of Fort Belvoir's training area.

"By and large, the entire training session went well," Ruffin said. "We're a deploying headquarters and it is essential that we ensure all our Soldiers are maintaining their basic Soldiering skills and contracting expertise. "