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Convoy live-fire training – 25 March 2009 – 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion – Story Live-Fire Complex – U.S. Army Korea
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Image by US Army Korea – IMCOM
194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducts
convoy live-fire at Story Range, Republic of Korea.

Story and photos by Edward Johnson
IMCOM-Korea Public Affairs

PANMUNJOM – With weapons at the ready, members of 194th Combat
Sustainment Support Battalion set out at dawn to conduct convoy
live-fire training here, March 25.

The fast-paced exercise exposed Soldiers to many of the real-world
perils found on today’s asymmetric battlefield, culminating in a series
of drills designed to hone their skills in reacting to road-side bombs
and enemy small-arms fire.

"These Soldiers have been training for the past six months to prepare
for this day and their hard work is evident in the outstanding
performance I’ve seen throughout the battalion," said Command Sgt. Maj.
Nichelle S. Fails.

At times gritty and intense, the Soldiers worked in teams to zero in on
enemy targets with their rifles and machine guns.

"This scenario is interesting and very realistic," said Pvt. Jiwoo Kim,
a KATUSA assigned to the battalion.

Pvt. Dylan Florres, a battalion mechanic and one of the day’s enemy
combatant role-players, sees the training as realistic and a good way to
build unit cohesion. "What we are doing is basically helping Soldiers
learn how to train safely and work as a team," he said.

"Everybody is highly motivated and ready to fight," said Chief Warrant
Officer 4 Joseph Williams, HHC, 194th Combat Support Sustainment
Battalion, safety officer. "Taking care of our Soldiers is very
important, we don’t want any injuries. That’s why we do risk assessments
and go over all of the details to make this a very safe, yet realistic,
training environment."

Master Sgt. Kenneth Ashley, the day’s pyrotechnics NCO, described the
training as important in building teamwork within the battalion. "Here
in Korea and in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to make sure
our Soldiers know how to react under fire and to ensure they are
prepared for anything the enemy throws at them."

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