Staff Sgt. Uriah Gibson, of Mustang, Oklahoma and a member of Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard and an engineer deployed in support of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, demonstrates to Ukrainian combat training center staff how to conduct breaching operations in the defense.
Taken: 02.25.2017 | Video by 1st Lt. Kayla Christopher
Ukrainian combat training center engineers detonate an explosive charge to breach a door before entering a mock building as part of training with Canadian and U.S. engineers to build the Ukrainian's breaching skills, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24, enabling them to teach those skills to Ukrainian army units who will rotate through the IPSC. (Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team)
Taken: 02.24.2017 | Photo by Sgt. Anthony Jones
30 mm rounds break the sound barrier, piercing the icy cold silence of the night. A Ukrainian BMP-2 fires multiple live rounds in rapid succession. “Hear how fast they’re firing? That’s what we call silly,” laughs Sgt. Brian Francis, a former cavalry scout who is now deployed to Ukraine as a team leader with Assassin Company, 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard. The rate of fire may be “silly”, but the training itself is deadly serious. The men who man these machines may have to use them in combat once they complete their training at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, near Yavoriv, Ukraine. Sgt. Ricky Mayes, a native of...
02.26.2017 | YAVORIV, UA | Story by 1st Lt. Kayla Christopher