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    COUNTER IED: DEFEATING THE UNSEEN

    COUNTER IED: DEFEATING THE UNSEEN

    Photo By Staff Sgt. James Avery | A group of Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountian Division (LI) act as a...... read more read more

    FORT DRUM, NY, UNITED STATES

    07.17.2018

    Story by Staff Sgt. James Avery 

    1st Brigade Combat Team,10th Mountain Division (LI)

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. – The Improvised Explosive Device, or IED, is a well-known threat to service members operating in potentially hostile environments like Afghanistan and Iraq. This weapon has inflicted a destructive toll since Operation Enduring Freedom, but 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI) aims to combat this menace by teaching the Company Crew Specialist Course at Fort Drum’s Home Station Training Center. The course emphasizes the use of Soldier awareness and tech gear like the THOR III to defeat IEDs.

    “1st Brigade is the most deployed combat unit in the world,” said course instructor Staff Sgt. Matthew Kiser, an electronic warfare specialist with 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1BCT. “To be at that level requires us to move freely on the battlefield. Knowing you can stop an IED before you see it is a real confidence builder.”

    Many IED’s placed by terrorists can be set off using a simple cell phone signal or radio transmission. That’s where the THOR III comes in. It can neutralize radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (RC-IEDs) and disrupt enemy communications on the battlefield.

    The course also includes lessons against vehicle-borne IED’s (VBIED) as well as command wire IED’s. Command wire IED’s require a person to push the detonation button from a relatively close distance. In those instances THOR disrupts cell-phone and radio signals, meaning enemies can’t communicate troop movements and locations to their cooperators.

    During the course Soldiers also operate as a mock Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad that patrols roads while marking or clearing simulated IED’s.

    “Everybody should have the basic knowledge of this equipment,” said Pfc. Cheyanne Claspill, a motor transport operator with 10th BSB, 1BCT. “I’ve never deployed, so I’ve never seen this equipment before. I never knew we could disrupt signals to IED’s. This training makes me feel confident that we can improve Soldiers’ safety.”

    The lessons learned here will be sent to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, as well other Department of Defense training operations and forward deployed missions where Soldiers lives depend on it.

    The 1BCT prides itself on being “Ready Now,” and also staying “Relevant Tomorrow.” Instructional, hands on courses like the Company Crew Specialist Course keeps Soldiers informed, confident, and best of all, safe.

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    Date Taken: 07.17.2018
    Date Posted: 07.18.2018 10:00
    Story ID: 284718
    Location: FORT DRUM, NY, US 

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