Alpha Company Conducts Echo Mission Support

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Drill Sergeant (Sgt. 1st Class) Blake Skola, A Co, 1/354th Regt., 95th Training Division (IET), functions as a tower safety and provides guidance and instruction to Initial Entry Training Soldiers from Foxtrot 1/19th FA Bn as they negotiate The Sky Scraper tower at the combat obstacle course. Photo by Capt. Colby Watchinski, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 354th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET)

FORT SILL, Okla. — Soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 354th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET), along with cross-leveled Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 377th Regiment and 3rd Battalion, 378th Regiment conducted mission support for the annual Echo Mission (Increment 4) in support of 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery, 434th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, from July 21st through Aug. 8th, 2015.

The 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery is a Basic Combat Training Battalion and has the mission to receive Initial Entry Training Soldiers and conduct Basic Combat Training. The mission of 1st Battalion, 354th Regiment was to augment the 1-19th in the training effort in order to transform civilian volunteers into Army Soldiers.

The USAR Drill Sergeants are held to the same standards as their active duty peers. Prior to being assigned and attached to the batteries within the 1-19th, drill sergeants had to validate their skills to ensure that training would be conducted to standard. This validation ensured that no matter which drill sergeant, active or reserve, a trainee asked questions of or received instruction from, they would be held to the same standards and expectations.

During increment 4 of this Echo Mission, drill sergeants collectively trained over 850 Soldiers across several batteries within the 1-19th, in warrior tasks and skills including Confidence Obstacle Course, Foot March 3 (12K), Night Infiltration Course, Basic Tactical Techniques 2, FTX 3 (first evening/night only), Combatives, U.S. Weapons and Record Physical Fitness test. Additionally, those same trainees received support from support personal, such as training, logistics and command guidance, during the Echo Mission as well.

Drill Sergeant (Sgt. 1st Class) Jenna Russell, D Co, 3/378th Regt., 95th Training Division (IET), discusses formations for individual dismounted patrol movements to Initial Entry Training Soldiers from Foxtrot 1/19th FA Bn. Photo by Capt. Colby Watchinski, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 354th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET)

Drill Sergeant (Sgt. 1st Class) Thomas Dunbar, A Co, 1/354th Regt., 95th Training Division (IET), provides a block of instructions on the safe operation of the M240B and M249 machine guns to Initial Entry Training Soldiers from Foxtrot 1/19th FA Bn. Photo by Capt. Colby Watchinski, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 354th Regiment, 95th Training Division (IET)

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