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    211th Combat Engineer Company has explosive weekend

    211th Combat Engineer Company has explosive weekend

    Photo By Sgt. Tyler OConnell | Soldiers with the 211th Engineer Company trains on the grenade range during Golden...... read more read more

    GUERNSEY, WY, UNITED STATES

    06.20.2021

    Story by Sgt. Tyler OConnell 

    129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    GUERNSEY, W.Y. – The 211th Combat Engineer Company conducts training with demolition explosives and grenades during the Golden Coyote training exercise, in Guernsey Wyo, June 19.

    Soldiers from the 211th were able to hone their skills in C4, Bangalores, shape charges, cratering charges and grenades.

    “Essentially what we are is a breaching platoon,” said 2nd Lt. Christian Trainor, platoon leader for first platoon. “If there is concertina wire or any type of obstacle that we have to get through, then we use explosives to get through that obstacle.

    Soldiers prepare the explosives depending on the obstacle or mission and then carry the explosives to the blasting zone where they then prime the explosives.

    “We have a main line that is made of detonating cord,” said Trainor. “Each Soldier brings their explosive and ties it into the main line. The knot that is used to tie to the main line is then taped to make sure it cannot be undone and has strong contact points to the main line.”

    Each explosive is checked for proper placement and set up by team leaders, squad leaders and the platoon sergeant before a detonator can be connected to the main line.

    “Once everything is checked, everyone then clears out,” said Trainor. “We then hook up a secondary time fuse and the primary detonator, and will walk back to a safe standoff point. A Soldier will then pull the safety pin off the initiator, then twist and pull the initiator which creates the explosion.”

    Trainor stated that everyone gets pretty excited for demo day and that it is one of the biggest highlights of annual training.

    “Blowing stuff up never gets old, every time we come out here it is always fun,” said Trainor. “It is something you don’t always do and if you don’t use it you lose it.”

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    Date Taken: 06.20.2021
    Date Posted: 06.30.2021 10:57
    Story ID: 400066
    Location: GUERNSEY, WY, US 

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