FORT KNOX, Ky. - (Dec. 13, 2010) Heavy equipment transportation Soldiers from Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Stewart, Ga., all part of Fort Knox's 233rd Transportation Company, came together from Nov. 30 through Dec. 10 for their second field training exercise this year.

Unlike the previous field event where Soldiers trained on individual warrior tasks and drills, the 233rd heavy transporters focused on group-oriented training and basic convoy concepts. Subject matter experts taught gun truck operations, improvised explosive device (IED) defeat, vehicle recovery, and mobile tracking system (MTS) communications classes.

The IED defeat training was especially interactive. Soldiers were split into two teams; the first group would plant the IEDs while the second team would go out and look for them while attempting to stay out of the kill zone.

"I think everyone got something out of the class. You could tell everyone was taking it seriously. No one wanted to get blown up," said Staff Sgt. Timothy Cox, a squad leader for 2nd platoon and native of Powell, Tn.

Another new addition to the FTX was a day dedicated to building esprit de corps and unity. Soldiers from the 233rd were split into teams and played basketball, flag football, soccer and dodge ball.

"Last FTX the Georgia platoons came out, trained and left. I felt like even though everyone got along there was no bonding. I wanted to set out a day for the company to build some team spirit," said Cpt. Jonathan Neal, Macon, Ga. Native and commander of the 233rd Trans.

Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, Fort Knox, Ky. commanding general, and Brig. Gen. Robin Akin, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) commanding general, came out to the FTX site to observe the training. Fort Knox's 3d ESC is the 233rd Transportation Company's higher headquarters.

Story and photos by 2nd Lt. Sean Chang, 233rd Transportation Company, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs.
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