138th prepares for mobilization

Photo essay by Sgt. Ellie Waters, 103rd Brigade Support Battalion Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative

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Sgt. Matthew Atwood, Pfc. Brandon Zamara, Staff Sgt. Richard Conklin, Spc. Ashley Thompson, and Sgt. Timothy Drew, all with Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 138th Field Artillery conduct room clearing training at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., June 21, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Ellie Waters)

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GREENVILLE, Ky. — More than 900 Soldiers from the 138th Fires Brigade conducted lanes exercises while at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in June.  It was part of the unit’s annual training, in preparation for their scheduled mobilization later this year.

The units conducted their training on urban operations, entry control point, close quarter marksmanship, reacting to contact, land navigation, operating as fire teams and team maneuvers.

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2nd Lt. Doyle Stephens and Sgt 1st Class Roger Kidwell,both of Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, plot coordinates on the land navigation lane during the 138th annual training at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., June 21, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Ellie Waters)

While the 2/138th conducted their pre-mobilization before their departure, the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion was tasked to be the support element on annual training.

“The training has been very successful this year,” said Pfc. Dustin Gonyer, an automated logistical specialist with A Company, 103rd BSB.  “The trainees come in having limited knowledge of these tactical exercises and the trainers have given these Soldiers the confidence they need to be successful over there.”

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A mock insurgent, Spc. Benjamin W. Cave, surrenders to Staff Sgt. Richard Conklin and Sgt. Timothy Drew during an urban operations training simulation at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., June 21, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Ellie Waters)

“Staying focused is key, said Spc. Scotty Scruggs, a food service specialist with the 2/138th.  “There’s a lot of information coming at you in a very short amount of time, but it’s extremely important that you keep up. One day, what you learn on these lanes could save your life.”

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Pfc. Brandon Zamara and Sgt. Timothy Drew of Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, begin training at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., June 21, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Ellie Waters)

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Sgt. Matthew Atwood, Staff Sgt. Richard Conklin, Spc. Ashley Thompson and Sgt. Timothy Drew, all with Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery conduct room clearing training at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., June 21, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Ellie Waters)

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Spc. Joseph Clark, a forward observer for the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, shoots an azimuth during the land navigation exercise during Annual Training at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., June 21, 2012. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Ellie Waters)

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