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    Soldiers of the 174th Infantry Brigade prepare Soldiers to deploy to Honduras

    Soldiers of the 174th Infantry Brigade prepare Soldiers to deploy to Honduras

    Photo By 1st Sgt. Neil Simmons | Sgt. Miles Noonan an instructor with 1-307th Infantry Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade...... read more read more



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    174th Infantry Brigade

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – First Army Division East trainers polished-up the skills of Soldiers from the 480th Military Police Company, an Army National Guard from Puerto Rico, before its law enforcement deployment to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

    Trainers from the 174th Infantry Brigade provided the Puerto Rico troops with the skills necessary to perform base security type operations with tasks that ranged from a routine traffic stop to a more challenging “active shooter” event. As part of the 15-day mission-specific training, the military police faced a culminating exercise to get a “go” to proceed with their mission to provide air base security.

    “Within the 15 days the 480th is here with us, we prep them for any scenario that they may encounter,” said 1st Lt. Alexander Medeiros, executive officer for B Company, 1-307th Infantry Regiment, and 174th Infantry Brigade.

    “All of our scenarios are realistic and based on actual law enforcement encounters,” said Sgt. Miles Noonan, an observer-coach/trainer with the 1-307th. “The intent is to instill the confidence to make proper decisions if they find themselves in a deadly force encounter when they are on mission.”

    “The training that they are providing to us is realistic,” said Staff Sgt. Luis Soto, a squad leader with the 480th. “The cadre has been professional. They have provided a lot of scenarios that helps the new soldiers, who have never deployed before, have the ability to become proficient in their MP skill sets.”

    “This training also prepares them for the culminating event, which is the most important because anything can happen and the events are no longer staged,” said Medeiros.

    The O-C/Ts establish real-world scenarios to ensure Soldiers are getting the most out of the training.

    “The ‘traffic stop gone bad’ scenario prepares the MPs to make the right decision on the use of deadly force by placing Soldiers in worse-case scenarios, forcing them to make split-second decisions under stress,” explained Noonan.

    First Army Division East, in partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard, advises assists and trains Reserve Component Forces, in both pre- and post-mobilization through multi-component integrated collective training, in accordance with Department of the Army directed readiness requirements.



    Date Taken: 05.19.2014
    Date Posted: 06.05.2014 14:23
    Story ID: 132185

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