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    Iron Troop sets up a self-sustaining support element in Estonia

    Iron Troop prepares for winter camp exercise in Estonia

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Steven Colvin | Soldiers of Iron Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, stationed out of Vilseck,...... read more read more

    The day before the main element of Iron Troop Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, stationed out of Vilseck, Germany, headed out to their designated area of operation for Winter Camp, a self-sustaining support element set up camp just two kilometers away from where the U.S. Soldiers were conducting a force on force exercise with our NATO allies. The convoy consisted of cooks, mechanics, medics, fuelers, and a support operations command group.

    1st Sgt. Jonathan Duncan, Iron Troop’s senior enlisted noncommissioned officer in charge with 3rd Sqdn, 2nd Cav. Regt., originally from Lawrence, Kan., said that they wanted to be able to provide support to the Soldiers from a closer distance. He said that it was better to move a support element closer to the training area rather than bringing support from over 35 kilometers away. It also meant that they could stage the fuelers with the support element to make it better and quicker for refueling the military vehicles.

    “This is the first time that we have done something like this,” said 1st Sgt. Duncan. “This type of support element is usually performed at a Squadron level rather than a Troop level.”

    Duncan also said that being able to successfully execute a self-sustaining support element movement and setting up camp helps train and prepare them for any possible troop movement in the future.

    The U.S. Soldiers have worked and trained alongside our NATO allies giving them the opportunity to foster trust and mutual understanding during Atlantic Resolve as they work together to build interoperability between our Armies.

    Through the shared experience of living, working and training together we are better able to collectively communicate the shared values and vision that have been forged over the past seven decades. (Story by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Steven M. Colvin/Released)



    Date Taken: 02.15.2016
    Date Posted: 03.28.2016 07:34
    Story ID: 193644
    Location: TAPA, EE 

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