Summer training continues at West Point
By West Point Public Affairs
July 14, 2011
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West Point cadets assigned to 7th Company, 2nd Platoon, 3rd Squad move into position for a raid during urban operations training July 13. During Cadet Field Training the Class of 2014 practiced tactical movement and room-clearing operations using both blanks and live rounds. They learned target discrimination--reacting to possible enemy combatants, civilians and hostages, and worked in squad and platoon-level operations. Photo by Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs
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West Point cadets assigned to 3rd Company of Cadet Field Training participated in the Combat Engineering portion of their training, July 12, at West Point N.Y.The breaching evolution of the engineer site is designed to teach cadets different methods of breaching and entering buildings. The three methods taught include explosive, ballistic, and mechanical. At the explosives site, charges are placed on doors and detonated to provide entry. The ballistic site entails using two shotgun rounds followed by a kick to the door in order to complete a successful breach. Finally, the mechanical site involves the use of a hand-held battering ram. Photo by Tommy Gilligan/West Point Public Affairs.
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In his 11 years of service, Staff Sgt. Ariel Martinez has deployed three times to Iraq; the last tour with the 10th Mountain Division. Soldiers from Alpha Company, 2BSTB, 10th Mountain Division (LI) provided instruction on the different types of breaching equipment and techniques that are the tools of the trade for combat engineers. Photo by Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs
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West Point Class of 2014 Cadet Ian Morris team attempts a door breach July 14 during Cadet Field Training. Soldiers attached to Alpha Company, 2BSTB, 10th Mountain Division (LI), provided their expertise in combat engineering to 6th Company on July 13 during Cadet Field Training. Photo by Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs
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At the combatives pit, eight companies from the Class of 2014 received a four-hour block of instruction from a team of West Point cadets on a series of passes, sweeps and submissions. The training concluded with 90-second sparring session and a final best-of-platoon level competition. The cadre of 25 upperclass cadets trained four weeks to be qualified to train by the Department of Physical Education and was certified by the Master of the Sword. The cadre will also be instructing the Class of 2015 during Cadet Basic Training. Photo by Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs
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The obstacle course builds physical and mental agility, and builds camaraderie through teamwork. Cadet Field Training is summer military and leadership training for rising yearlings at West Point. The Class of 2014 will spend four weeks at Camp Buckner training on marksmanship, Soldier First Responder, orienteering, land navigation, patrolling and close quarter combat. Their physical and mental agility is tested on obstacle course, water confidence course, live fire urban operations and a three-day field training exercise. CFT also engages yearlings in branch orientation so they can make informed decisions later on to how they will serve as Army officers. Photo by Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs
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Cadets assigned 2nd Company of Cadet Field Training fire a M119 (105mm) gun during the Fire Support training, June 30, West Point N.Y Photo by Tommy Gilligan/West Point Public Affairs.
No longer West Point plebes, cadets from the Class of 2014 are now rising yearlings as they near the end of the four-week Cadet Field Training. These cadets have conducted patrolling, land navigation, urban operations and other blocks of military instruction led by upperclass cadets and a task force composed of Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, 41st Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, the 75th Field Artillery Brigade and the U.S. Army Infantry School.
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