By Ms. Dottie White (SMDC/ARSTRAT)May 17, 2011
STUTTGART, Germany -- Space Warriors train in the dirt to prepare for future contingencies.
Soldiers of Alpha Detachment, 1st Space Company (Joint Tactical Ground Station), U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, recently conducted a Field Training Exercise here.
Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Hart, detachment sergeant, said he wanted to host an FTX to build a stronger team and to build unity. So when he assumed responsibility in December, he began the planning phase.
"In order for us to pull off the FTX of a lifetime, we would have to coordinate many resources by use of training aids," Hart said. "We did this by utilizing the Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADDS) Warehouse near Panzer Kaserne to include simulation ammunition from the Ammo Supply Point 9 near Heidelberg."
On April 11, the planning phase was over, and it was time to execute.
As the FTX got underway, Alpha Detachment Soldiers moved to a remote location away from Kelley Barracks where they performed land navigation while ruck marching into their training area for the week.
After successfully completing the land navigation portion, the senior leaders immediately began teaching the Soldiers of Alpha Detachment how to move as a small fire team during urban operations.
Over the course of the next two and a half days, they conducted missions that included every Warrior task and battle drill for evaluation. This included, but was not limited to, medical tasks, incoming mortar attacks, small unit movement techniques and close-quarters combat training.
The detachment finished the FTX portion with a visit to the gas chamber, so the Soldiers could be more accustom to wearing their assigned mask and understanding the importance of how to properly don their protective mask under a nuclear, biological and chemical environment.
As the FTX came to a close, the Soldiers underwent a uniform inspection and leadership hosted a barbecue for the entire detachment as a reward for all the Soldiers' efforts and hard work throughout the course.
"The intent was not solely on building a stronger team but also to complete Army Warrior Tasks training in accordance with AR 350-1 to meet the yearly requirement's for all Soldiers," Hart said. "The event was a huge success in the eyes of the Soldiers of Alpha Detachment and ended with morale higher than ever."