News: 445th Transportation Company reacts to chemical training
Story by Sgt. Debrah Sanders
FORT MCCOY, Wis.– It’s a sunny clear day. Suddenly, someone yells, “Gas! Gas! Gas!” Vehicles sound their horns in intervals of three, alerting soldiers of the 445th Transportation Company they have exactly nine seconds to get their protective masks on.
Fortunately for the 445th, of the 649th Regional Support Group, under the 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), this is just part of lanes training.
Sgt. Josh Cronk of the 445th says that the training is very beneficial, in more ways than just tactical.
“It makes you think; a lot of [soldiers] have never done lanes like these. It’s really good to see how they react,” said Cronk.
Cronk, a Waterloo, Iowa, native, has deployed twice to Iraq. Once in 2006, and again in 2009.
Cronk says that he feels the unit has benefited from the training. Including learning a very valuable lesson when it comes to casualties in a chemical environment.
“ When you have a casualty, get out as soon as you can,” said Cronk.
A fellow soldier, and veteran, Spc. Jonathan Sieck, also of the 445th, also enjoyed the training.
“Instead of reading out of books, we get to get out and into it,” said Sieck.
Sieck also said that it’s a good realization on how things can happen out in the field.
“It has helped me see how I react in stressful situations,” said Sieck.
Sieck feels that many other soldiers could benefit from this sort of training too.
“It’s great training because it lets soldiers know what to do, and helps them understand how to react,” said Sieck.
Sieck, a native of Center Point, Iowa, mentioned that he would like to do more training like the react to a chemical attack lane.