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    Soldier gets big picture at JWA 2019

    TACOMA, WA, UNITED STATES

    05.23.2019

    Story by Staff Sgt. Roger Ashley 

    412th Theater Engineer Command

    Soldier
    gets
    big
    picture
    at
    JWA
    2019
    U.S.
    Army
    Reserve
    Spc.
    Noah
    Hunter
    with
    the
    475th
    Explosive
    Hazards
    Coordination
    Cell,
    (EHCC)
    wants
    the
    best
    of
    both
    worlds;
    to
    see
    the
    big
    picture,
    but
    still
    be
    skillset
    focused;
    so
    he
    joined
    his
    fellow
    Soldiers
    “The
    Krakens,”
    at
    Joint
    Warfighting
    Assessment
    (JWA)
    2019,
    to
    see
    what
    goes
    on
    before
    and
    after
    the
    boom.
    Hunter
    was
    at
    JWA
    2019,
    a
    U.S.
    and
    multi-­‐national
    military
    exercise
    held
    at
    the
    Yakima
    Training
    Center
    and
    Joint
    Base
    Lewis-­‐McChord,
    Washington,
    April
    26
    to
    May
    10
    as
    a
    combat
    engineer
    to
    get
    specific
    in
    his
    training
    and
    he
    wasn’t
    about
    to
    take
    training
    for
    granted.
    Hunter
    said,
    “Right
    now,
    I’m
    here
    just
    trying
    to
    sharpen
    my
    skills
    as
    a
    combat
    engineer.”
    Lt.
    Col.
    Bart
    Kemper,
    475th
    EHCC,
    U.S.
    Army
    Reserve
    commander
    said,
    “The
    Krakens
    are
    training
    on
    the
    latest
    threats
    as
    part
    of
    their
    overall
    force
    protection
    and
    assured
    mobility
    mission.”Before
    joining
    the
    military,
    Hunter
    wasn’t
    satisfied
    with
    his
    education;
    he
    wanted
    something
    more.
    “I
    tried
    traditional
    college.
    It
    wasn’t
    for
    me,”
    Hunter
    said,
    “so
    I
    joined
    the
    Army
    Reserves
    in
    2015,
    looking
    for
    a
    challenge.”
    Hunter
    scored
    really
    well
    on
    his
    military
    entrance
    exams,
    so
    he
    had
    a
    lot
    of
    options
    to
    choose
    from,
    but
    only
    one
    really
    stood
    out
    for
    him.
    “I
    noticed
    the
    combat
    engineer
    MOS
    and
    it
    appealed
    to
    me.”
    He
    admits
    that
    demolitions
    are
    a
    part
    of
    the
    allure,
    but
    it
    wasn’t
    all
    of
    it.
    He
    was
    interested
    in
    all
    the
    different
    skillsets
    of
    a
    combat
    engineer.
    Hunter
    later
    moved
    from
    Des
    Moines,
    Iowa
    to
    Biloxi,
    Mississippi
    for
    a
    structural
    welding
    apprentice
    program
    at
    Ingalls
    Shipyard,
    that’s
    when
    he
    found
    the
    475th
    EHCC.
    Hunter
    describes
    himself
    as
    a
    small
    picture
    kind
    of
    guy.
    “I’ve
    always
    been
    very
    specific
    in
    my
    mission,
    but
    the
    EHCC
    is
    my
    chance
    to
    get
    a
    look
    at
    the
    big
    picture,
    how
    everything
    ties
    together.”
    The
    EHCC’s
    mission
    drew
    Hunter
    in.
    He
    wanted
    to
    see
    how
    the
    information
    flowed
    into
    other
    units
    supplementing
    and
    helping
    other
    units
    with
    their
    mission.
    Kemper
    said
    the
    475th’s
    official
    mission
    is
    to
    receive
    and
    track
    explosive
    hazard,
    (EH)
    incidents
    or
    information;
    maintain
    the
    land
    mine
    database;
    analyze
    EH
    incidents
    for
    patterns
    and
    give
    technical
    advice
    to
    land
    component
    commanders
    to
    mitigate
    EHs
    within
    the
    Theater
    and
    Joint
    Operations
    Area
    (JOA).
    “The
    heart
    of
    the
    mission,”
    Kemper
    said,
    “Is
    working
    those
    relationships,
    in
    order
    to
    reduce
    the
    threat.
    Our
    skill
    set
    is
    the
    same
    no
    matter
    what,
    but
    what
    we
    deliver
    to
    the
    force
    depends
    on
    what
    the
    EH
    threat
    is
    and
    the
    needs
    of
    the
    commander.”The
    Army
    Reserve
    stood
    up
    the
    475th
    in
    October
    2017,
    making
    it
    the
    first
    enduring
    federal
    EHCC
    whose
    mission
    is
    to
    record,
    track,
    pattern
    and
    advise
    unit
    commanders
    on
    all
    incidents
    dealing
    with
    explosives
    within
    an
    area
    of
    operation.
    JWA
    2019
    gave
    the
    Hunter
    and
    the
    Krakens
    the
    best
    of
    both
    worlds,
    mission
    focus
    on
    their
    individual
    skillsets
    and
    a
    better
    insight
    to
    weaving
    a
    network
    of
    information,
    before
    and
    after
    the
    boom.
    The
    475th
    is
    seeking
    combat
    engineers
    E5-­‐E7,
    engineer
    captains
    and
    majors,
    and
    MI
    captains.
    Their
    facebook
    page
    is
    https://www.facebook.com/475EHCC/

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    Date Taken: 05.23.2019
    Date Posted: 05.23.2019 22:40
    Story ID: 323832
    Location: TACOMA, WA, US 

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