Kentucky Citizen Soldiers train for possible deployment

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By Spc. Scott Raper, 133rd Mobile Pubilc Affairs Detachment

Soldiers of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade conduct a vehicle search during Entry Control Point training at Wendell H.Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 2. Entry Control Point training is part of the 149th's annual training in preparation for possible deployment in 2011.

GREENVILLE, Ky. (August 19, 2010) — Kentucky National Guard Soldiers of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade recently began the long road to possible deployment as their first of three scheduled Annual Training rotations kicked off at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky. 

  Troops of the 149th MEB will complete the pre-mobilization training tours at WHFRTC over the next several months to qualify Soldiers and reach the necessary required strength.  Their current stay is concentrated on preparing themselves for deployments and is organized for Soldiers to take care of basic service matters.

Staff Sgt. A.J. Huddleston of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade participates in Close Quarter Marksmanship drills at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 2. Close Quarter Marksmanship is a unique to the Kentucky National Guard in its requirement of CQM for all deploying units. The 149th MEB is preparing for possible mobilization in 2011.

 “We are focused on getting the Soldier as an individual ready to deploy,” says Col. Scott Campbell, 149th MEB Commander.

 “Later AT’s will work on collective training, but right now, it is individual focused,” he adds.

 Soldiers are required to complete tasks included in the Soldier Readiness Program, including Periodic Health Assessments, equipment showdowns and other personal issues.  Field exercises for individual Soldier skills include: Individual Maneuver and Tactics Course, Close Quarters Marksmanship, Military Operations in Urban Terrain training, Humvee Egress Assistance Training, Virtual Convoy Operation Training, and Entry Control Point training.

A Soldier of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade low crawls through an obstacle of the Individual Maneuvers and Tactics course at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 3. The 149th MEB annual training is a preparation for possible mobilization in 2011.

Soldiers battled excessive heat conditions during training, but were reminded of how appropriate it is in a real world understanding of their possible deployment.  Morale remained extremely high throughout as they kept the mission first and drove on. 

 “Morale has been excellent,” states Cpt. Janee Wilson, Alpha Company Commander, 149th BSB, based in Benton.

 “I have not seen anyone not enjoy training, not engage or not grasp what we are doing, they are asking questions and getting involved,” she says.

 The efforts of the Soldiers has been observed and noted by all members of their command staff.  Col. Campbell comment, “This annual training has exceeded my expectations.  The Soldiers are motivated, enthusiastically attacking the training.  The attitude, the way they are going about their business is heartwarming.”

Pfc. Natasha Sydnor of the 1149th Forward Supply Company takes up a defensive position during instruction on room clearing at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., August 4. The 1149th is part of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which is in preparations for a possible deployment in 2011.

 Units of the 149th stretch entirely across the Commonwealth, with armories in Benton, Bowling Green and Hopkinsville out west, Williamsburg, Somerset, Harlan, Middlesboro, Barbourville, and Ravenna in eastern Kentucky with a headquarters in Louisville. The 149th could also be in the process of making history for the Kentucky National Guard, as their possible deployment of nearly 1,400 Citizen Soldiers would be the largest deployment since World War II.

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