Kentucky National Guard engineers step up to the challenge

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Photos by 1st Lt. Michael Vaughan, 201st Engineer Battalion

Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Powell County, Ky. (October 28, 2010) – Kentucky National Guardsmen of the 201st Engineer Battalion are put to the test during the unit’s Army warrior task training at the Hidden Valley

Kentucky Guardsmen of the 201st Engineer Battalion searches for improvised explosive devices during the unit's Army warrior task training at the Kentucky National Guard's Hidden Valley Training Site in Powell County, Ky.

Training Site in Powell County, Ky.

Soldiers went through a series of exercises which included identifying and reacting to improvised explosive devices as well as land navigation.

“This doesn’t knock out all the warrior task skills but it goes a great way to help the battalion hit their triennial requirements,” says Capt. Derrick Frodge, administrator officer of 201st Engineer Battalion.

“We call this training event the ‘engineer challenge’.”

Members of the 201st Engineer Battalion are in a land navigation class at the Hidden Valley Training Site in Powell, Ky.

Over 400 soldiers from the battalion were put to the test while the unit’s non-commissioned officers set up and executed the ‘engineer challenge.’

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