Local

August 16, 2012

519th prepares for OEF deployment at the National Training Center

Tags:
Story and photo by 1st. Lt. Lindsay D. Roman
519TH MI BN Public Affairs Officer

Soldiers of the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion conduct a movement drill during situational training exercises at the National Training Center on Aug. 8.

The 519th Military Intelligence Task Force “Thunder” from Fort Bliss, Texas, is participating in a rotation in the National Training Center to prepare for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation New Dawn.

The installation’s vast landscape, scorching heat, and real Afghan role players, all will help to improve the awareness and knowledge these Soldiers will use when the battalion deploys to Afghanistan in early 2013.

During the grueling seven days of Reception, Staging, Onward-movement and Integration, the unit prepared to head into what they call “The Box,” a highly realistic training environment.

The technical and intelligence teams went through Situational Training Exercises while the battalion’s headquarters supported the 1st Armor Division and partnered with U.S. and Afghan National Security Force security elements.

“Our relationship with 1/1 AD commanders are critical so we put our teams with the same battalions in training that they’ll support in Afghanistan,” said Lt. Col. Kevin A. McAninch, Commander of the 519th MITF.

In all, the NTC training environment – a world class facility and capability – will hone TF Thunder from the individual to the collective level.

“NTC was tough, realistic, and worth every effort we put into it. It is our Army’s premier training venue and we’re fortunate to test ourselves here in preparation for Operation Enduring Freedom,” said McAninch. “Every day we learn something about the employment of our task force while also building leaders ready for the rigors of combat. NTC was top-notch.”

The deployment to NTC was also historic.

“I’m told we’re the first MI Battalion in over five years to come through a NTC rotation,” added McAninch.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
   
 

 
Frontpage

Fort Irwin’s booming celebration

Fort Irwin celebrated our nation’s birthday with a mud run and a festival that included a concert and fireworks here, July 2. The fun began with the “Mud and Guts Run” that Wednesday morning, a couple of days before Indep...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Cheetahs dash to track and field competition

Courtesy Photo The Cheetahs track team, coaches and parents gather for a group photo. Known as the “Cheetahs!,” the Fort Irwin CYS Sports Track and Field Team made up of 25 children (ages 7-14) ventured as far as their litt...
 
 
PopeExplode1HRJPGstar

Pyrotechnic expert having a blast supporting NTC

Frank Pope, pyrotechnic expert, shows off his handiwork. In the distance a mushroom cloud filled with fire, smoke and debris erupts just outside a small town in the middle of the Mojave Desert; the faint sound of voices can be ...
 

 
TASC_Youth_tire_obstacles

Nation’s birthday celebration at Fort Irwin

Fort Irwin community members enjoying the celebration on Army Field.   Participants climb a wall at the “Mud and Guts Run.”   Participants traverse a mud pit.   Fort Irwin Unites States Army Garrison Commande...
 
 
02_goes_with_topleft_MEDDAC

New commander arrives to MEDDAC

Col. Jason Wieman   United States Army Medical Department Activity at Fort Irwin welcomed Col. Jason Wieman as its new commander during a change of command ceremony here, May 30. Commander of Western Regional Medical Comma...
 
 
08_goes_with_topright_11ACR

New leaders take reins of Blackhorse regiment

Major Gen. Ted Martin, commander of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, passes the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s guidon to Col. Kevin Jacobi, 66th commander of the 11th ACR during a combined change of command and r...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin