News: Bringing training back to the woods in Sergeant’s Time
Story by Capt. Chad Ashe
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. – Soldiers led by noncommissioned officers of Company E, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment conducted movement to contact and area security during Sergeant’s Time Training on Hunter Army Airfield Mar. 28.
The company first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Tom Nussbaum, was there with company leaders to oversee his NCOs making sure cover and concealment were properly used in the woodland terrain. Training for urban combat is something Soldiers are used to but returning to a woodland environment requires leaders to adapt their training.
Army 2nd Lt. Daniel Herring, maintenance platoon leader and acting opposing forces for the training event said his role was to serve as OPFOR against maintenance platoon conducting quartering party activities. He added saying the training was applicable because maintenance platoon would realistically conduct quartering party activities during operations.
“My Soldiers improved their tactical awareness during the training,” said Herring. “We had recently conducted small unit tactics for STT previously, and movement in tactical formations improved dramatically.”
Team leader Sgt. Danny Hatsady says he is ready to show new Soldiers quartering party activities and to improve the overall knowledge of conducting area security.
Hatsady said he had to learn how to clear a wooded area but now he and his team are armed for the task.
“My Soldiers improved their knowledge on clearing an area and how to react to direct fire,” said Hatsady.