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Posted: February 23, 2018 3:56 p.m.
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Troops find time to train downrange

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Sgt. 1st Class Bartholomew Anderson, the senior medic for the 3rd ID Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, demonstrates how to apply a dressing to a wound for Soldiers during a block of training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 8. Anderson led a basic first aid course as part of a new bi-weekly training plan instituted for the Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB.

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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade participated in basic Soldier tasks training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 8.

The training was geared toward junior NCOs and enlisted Soldiers, intending to reinforce some skills that they may not get to practice often due to the high operations tempo they work in downrange.

Each of the company’s three platoons participated in separate training. The security platoon went through combatives training, second platoon (made up of most of the 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB staff) worked on first aid and the Supply Operations platoon worked on communications and radio skills.

“We went over basic radio operator skills,” said 2nd Lt. Garrett Warren, the STB Communications Officer, who led the radio portion of the training. “We went over programming radios, talking on the radios, and sending reports over the radios.”

The Soldiers of the 3rd ID RSSB are working full days in Afghanistan, ensuring that our U.S. and Coalition partners are supplied and supported as they train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces. This leaves little time for the Soldiers to remain proficient on some of the more basic Soldier skills.

“Not all of these Soldiers get to work with these radios every day,” said Warren, “and they could lose those skills without consistent practice.”

In addition to familiarizing Soldiers with skills many of them may not have used since basic training, the classes also served to improve confidence in Soldiers that they are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Training in combatives “builds confidence and courage,” said Sgt. 1st Class Latrice Brenson, the 3rd ID RSSB Senior Supply NCO who led the combatives training. “It helps Soldiers be ready to close the distance with the enemy and be able to fight and win.”

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