Sledgehammer brigade arrives in Kuwait

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division
Story by Sgt. Christopher Johnston

Date: 06.25.2012
Posted: 06.25.2012 10:33
News ID: 90537
Sledgehammer Brigade arrives in Kuwait

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Elements of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, arrived in Kuwait to conduct security cooperation, joint exercises and training with partner nations in the region.

The deployment is in accordance with the United States' long standing bilateral defense partnership with Kuwait, promoting security, stability, and the two countries' mutual interests in the region.

Sledgehammer soldiers will be dedicated to training and fine tuning their mission readiness during their time in Kuwait.

"The adverse climate and terrain offers great opportunities to train in conditions unlike the ones we have back at Fort Benning," said Chief Warrant Officer 2, Mauriese Jones, 3rd HBCT targeting officer.

The Udairi Range and similar sites in Kuwait afford 3rd HBCT the opportunity to conduct live fire exercises and battle simulations which mirror real world combat environments.

"It's all about the mindset," said Private First Class, Richard Chae, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd HBCT. "You get out here and you train with that mindset and it will be more like second nature when it actually goes down."

The Sledgehammer Brigade is part of a larger U.S. mission to continue security cooperation efforts with critical regional partners.