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Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise builds Soldiers for future missions

Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise builds Soldiers for future missions

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise here March 14, 2014. The exercise was part of the Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise that consisted of a series of platoon-level training events including security forces training, situational training, live fire events and integration of indirect fire and close air support. The training was designed to evaluate the unit’s lethal platoons on a variety of collective tasks in preparation for Operation Golden Eagle and the Brigade’s scheduled rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center. /Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs

By Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently wrapped up a ten-day training exercise here March 17, 2014.

The Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise consisted of a series of platoon-level training events including security forces training, situational training, live fire events and integration of indirect fire and close air support. The training was designed to evaluate the unit’s lethal platoons on a variety of collective tasks in preparation for Operation Golden Eagle and the Brigade’s scheduled rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

“Our FTX was designed to build lethal platoons,” said Lt. Col. Marc Cloutier, the battalion commander for 1-187. “They trained in mounted and dismounted react to contacts, and attacks, under both day and night conditions. Additionally, our FTX trained our mission command systems, our logistics functions, as well as our medical capabilities.”

The training stretched across a wide area encompassing several different ranges to offer unique challenges to the training audience.