June 8, 2017

Communication and preparation necessary skills for combat operations

Sgt. DeUndra Brown
Fort Irwin, Calif.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jon A. Martin, an observer controller at the National Training Center, speaks with Spc. Cory Robinson, assigned to Headquarters Company, 150th Engineer Battalion, Mississippi Army National Guard, about his training experience during his rotation, June 2, 2017, at the National Training Center.

During a National Training Center rotation, Soldiers build necessary skills that help them prepare for combat operations.

One essential skill is communication between leaders to ensure the safety of the Soldiers that are training.

Sgt. Grenilo Caspillan, human resource sergeant with Headquarters Company, 150th Engineer Battalion, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, said communication is important.

The 150th is keeping up with Soldier counts at different forward operating bases, which require communication from all units.

Caspillan also said his section of the 150th are supporting 20 plus units and enablers, and are handling all personnel transactions, personnel status reports, and situation reports.

“The purpose is to train the brigade combat team in preparation for combat operations,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jon A. Martin, an observer controller. “I think the training is going well, we have some very motivated Soldiers, and as they learn from their observer, and coaches, they implement those things that they learn.”

Sgt. Grenilo Caspillan, and Capt. Tom Roberson, assigned to Headquarters Company, 150th Engineer Battalion, Mississippi Army National Guard, discuss their personnel status numbers, June 2, 2017, at the National Training Center.

Martin speaks highly of the Soldiers training during this rotation and encourages them to have fun training while always being safe
“There are some very high-speed Soldiers out here,” said Martin. “I would tell them the main thing is to remain safe. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. As long as they take care of each other, then they’ll be just fine. Enjoy your training.”

Caspillan sends a positive message the families and friends of the Soldiers training at NTC.

“I want them to understand that being out here is not an easy task,” said Caspillan. “They volunteer to be in the Army National Guard, and the things that we do here helps us prepare for anything.”

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