FORT MCCLELLAN, Ala. - Expeditionary Contracting Command Soldiers locked and loaded their M4 assault rifles on the Pelham Training Range here Nov. 3 to complete their annual weapons qualification and conduct select combat skills training.

Pelham Training Range afforded the Soldiers several scenarios in which to practice their combat skills. The range provided various environments including desert landscapes, mountain ranges and urban settings.

"We need to ensure that we provide training that is relevant, engaging and challenging," said Sgt. 1st Class Lascelles Cuff, ECC's training and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear noncommissioned officer. "We want to provide Soldiers experiences that will help them remain proficient in the basic warrior tasks necessary for combat readiness."

"The range served as a challenging, team-building opportunity," said Col. Tim Strange, ECC chief of staff. "In addition, the training enhanced the Soldiers' battlefield survival skills capabilities.

"Training not only sharpens the tools Soldiers need on the battlefield, it also increases esprit de corps in the unit," Strange said. "The reason we have a strong Army is because we are an army that trains as it fights. As Soldiers with an expeditionary mission, ensuring that we remain combat ready is essential."