Members of the 10th Sustainment Brigade on Fort Drum tested their safety and operational skills as they set off explosives as part of Urban Breach Training Monday afternoon. YNN's Carmella Mataloni gives us a look into the training and why soldiers say the lesson is important.
FORT DRUM, N.Y.--It was a busy day for members of the 630th Clearance Company on Fort Drum as they put their skills to the test during an Urban Breach Training exercises.
"We are going to take fire, turn fire and we are going to deal with CASEVAC and MEDEVAC so the new guys can properly learn how to call up the nine line MEDEVAC and get everything done under stress and fire," said Spc. Carrington Walrath, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
In order to practice securing a location, soldiers set up explosive cords, known as detonation cords, on these wooden boards. They waited for their mark and then they went inside their target.
"We blow the charge and breach through the doors, send about three people in the room, shoot the enemy, come out of the room, call it clear, done," said Spc. Walrath
For some soldiers, breach training is something they have done many times. But troops say it is important for new soldiers to go through the exercises and get on the same page.
"People come and go in the army and right now we got a lot of new guys that we have to train up from scratch and we have to train them up to the experienced guys," said Sgt. Chris Daley, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
The soldiers say these training exercises do take some time; it keeps them prepared and ready for the mission ahead.
"We are a light infrantry unit and we need to know a lot of information and a lot of different tasks that we get sent out to do and these are like refresher courses for us to practice on," said Sgt. Daley.
"It helps keep the motivation up and the enthusiasm to make them want to actually go at it and do it so they are not slow poking around," said Spc. Walrath.
Soldiers tell us they take part in these breach trainings at least four times a year to make sure everyone is prepared.