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The 1st/320th Regiment Bn, 98th Training Division (IET), conducted Weapons Qualification, APFT, Drill Sergeant Candidate Validation Exercise for five Drill Sergeant Candidates, Lanes Training, PHA, and mandatory classes during their Battalion’s 1st Quarter Field Training Exercise (FTX) from the 19th through the 22nd of November in Kingwood, West Virginia at Camp Dawson. Photo by 1st Lt. Heather Diffenderfer, S-1, 3rd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)

KINGWOOD, W.Va.  — Train, training and trained is the approach of the 1st/320th Regiment Battalion, 98th Training Division (IET). The 1st/320th conducted their Battalion’s 1st Quarter Field Training Exercise (FTX) from the 19th through the 22nd of November in Kingwood, West Virginia at Camp Dawson.

The 1st of the 320th Regiment Battalion is located in Abingdon, Virginia, under the leadership of Lt. Col. Delbria Scott, 1st/320th Battalion Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Livingston, 1st/320th Command Sergeant Major, 98th Training Division (IET).

Soldiers arrived motivated with a high state of morale ready to train, up to any challenge and this continued throughout the training even though the weather was a brisk low 30s with rain and snow on the last day.

Many Soldiers become accustomed to the routine of going to the same training sites and conducting the same training during the yearly FTXs. The 1st/320th started a new standard by changing the scene, changing the terrain and changing the familiarity, in addition to getting the Soldiers use to training as they will fight.

The training exercise for the 1st/320th heightened the Soldier’s experience and shed new light on the meaning of training.

The unit conducted Weapons Qualification, APFT, Drill Sergeant Candidate Validation Exercise for five Drill Sergeant Candidates, Lanes Training, PHA, and mandatory classes. The unit also coordinated with the 497th Combat Service Support Battalion (CSSB) to provide military vehicle support and drivers’ training and licensing to the 1st/320th Soldiers.

The 1st/320th Regiment Bn, 98th Training Division (IET), loaded magazines in preparation for the Weapons Qualification during their Battalion’s 1st Quarter Field Training Exercise (FTX) from the 19th through the 22nd of November in Kingwood, West Virginia at Camp Dawson. Photo by 1st Lt. Heather Diffenderfer, S-1, 3rd Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET)

In the long term, this will cut down on operational and contract transportation costs and will also allow the battalion to move organically. The battalion wanted to create an environment for always maintaining flexibility and adaptability in order to meet the standard of Warfighting missions.

The battalion commander and command sergeant major are extremely proud of their Soldiers and it is evident that all of their hard work and training paid off. The Command Team will continue to keep their Soldiers Army Strong!

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