By Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public AffairsOctober 12, 2011
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011 -- Long Range Surveillance Soldiers from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade relayed the story of their recent deployment to the area south of Kandahar, Afghanistan, to an engaged audience during a "Warriors Corner" presentation at the 2011 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Capt. Tom Dull, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Mumm, Staff Sgts. Ross Martin and Dan Young, all assigned to C Company (Long Range Surveillance), 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, discussed their mission to disrupt and deny enemy forces in the brigade's area of operations.
They talked about the equipment (standard and specialized) they employed. They told of the top-notch support of "enabling forces," such as a military working dog team, intelligence gathering Soldiers, signal units and others, which they relied on.
They also discussed the challenges and the benefits of working with Afghan National forces and members of the local populace.
The audience, which filled nearly all the available seats with many more choosing to stand and listen, seemed very impressed by the noncommissioned officers, or NCOs, and Dull, their company commander, said he brought them to assist with the briefing because they were directly responsible for making the deployment successful.
"These guys are the experts, the ones who prosecuted the mission" he said. "I'm the guy who provided them the resources and broad guidance. They made it happen."
The LRS Soldiers helped meet one of the goals of the Army's AUSA team, which was to put Soldiers in front of the audience and let them tell the Army story.
Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein, one of the facilitators of the exhibit, was pleased with the results.
"The presentation was very successful, because people always want to hear a Soldier's story," she said. "The mix of NCOs along with the commander was especially good."
After the briefing, several members of the audience shook the LRS Soldiers' hands and thanked them for their service.