Camp Blanding Mission


Army Reserve Soldiers from Alpha and Charlie companies, 2-485th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), took to the field and trained nearly 400 Soldiers during a field training exercise at Camp Blanding, Fla., February 10-13, 2017.

The 98th TD (IET) training team, which included nine drill sergeants, four drill sergeant candidates and six support personnel, assisted the 332nd Transportation Battalion (Terminal), 143rd Transportation Command, with their training event. The four-day exercise included a wide range of activities such as an Army Physical Fitness Test, land navigation, various Warrior Tasks, a Viking Challenge and weapons qualification ranges for the M9, M16 and M249.

Leadership from the 332nd TN BN specifically asked the 98th TD (IET) Soldiers to supervise and provide their expertise to the large training event. Having that external support allowed our Soldiers to receive unbiased evaluations and on-point advice on tasks, said Maj. Jodi Marang, battalion plans and operations officer, 332nd TN BN.

“They are a great tool for commanders and first sergeants. They ensured we met the standards for the duration of our training event.”

Of course, any time there is a chance to serve, the 98th Soldiers welcome the challenge, said Capt. Michael Sauls, commander, Alpha Company, 2-485th IN REGT (IET).

“We always welcome opportunities for our drill sergeants to sharpen their skills and train Soldiers.”

So as both trainers and trainees gathered valuable experience, the mission was accomplished. As a matter of fact, everything went so well, that Marang said she would recommend the 98th TD (IET) Soldiers to any unit.

“I can’t wait to have them out here again. They just performed superbly.”


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