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    1st SFG (A) Integration Program Evaluates New Soldiers - Young warriors learn to operate in Special Operations environment

    1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) EIP Training

    Photo By Sgt. Garret Smith | Soldiers from Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct...... read more read more



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    1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

    Story by SSgt. Adam Munoz. EIP prepares young Soldiers for operating in the unique SOF environment.

    New Soldiers from Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) completed 21 days of Special Operation Forces (SOF) integration training through the Enabler Integration Program (EIP) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Thursday, Aug. 3.

    Pfc. Diana Ravelo, a Supply Specialist and participant from GSB, was among the Soldiers to experience the intense training.

    “It was very vigorous,” said Ravelo.

    While the course was a great challenge to her, Ravelo said that it pushed her to meet each challenge.

    “The program brought out the fighter in me,” she said.

    The Soldiers’ average day began at 4:30 a.m. and concluded at approximately 10 p.m. Throughout the duration of the program, cadre lead participants through a series of events, such as land navigation, Tactical Combat Casualty Care and military driver’s training.

    Maj. Jason Kappes, a graduate of El Camino High School and son of Nancy Kappes, of Sacramento, Ca., the executive officer in charge of the Group Support Battalion, 1st SFG (A), said, “The Soldier needs to understand that they have to get up at four in the morning, and they might not be able to lay their head down on their pillow until 18 or 20 hours later.”

    Kappes oversaw the training and ensured the Soldiers' training was appropriately focused to best compliment the Green Berets they support. His team of professional noncommissioned officer cadre made sure ranges and training sites were available and scheduled, and were was also responsible for providing ammunition and resources to facilitate the Soldiers advanced training.

    His cadre were hand-selected to assess participants.

    Sgt. 1st Class Viantha Chhim, a senior cadre member, saw the value in choosing highly motivated Soldiers who were capable of pushing themselves.

    “I think what we’re doing is creating well-rounded and adaptable Soldiers for SOF,” said Chhim. “You got to be ready for anything. You got to be willing to put in the effort.”

    To be successful in a SOF environment, Soldiers were not only required to be adaptable, but capable of exceeding the physical fitness standard.

    The next EIP is slated for Oct. 10. Following the program, participants who meet all standards can receive an identifier and are prepared to take on SOF challenges.



    Date Taken: 08.09.2017
    Date Posted: 08.09.2017 13:37
    Story ID: 244314

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