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During an integrated live fire, soldiers from the 151st Infantry Regiment 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team complete Mortar Table Five, a practical qualification exercise, at Camp Atterbury, 21 July 2020. Wardens across the state continue to adapt to the current pandemic. Whether it’s helping Hoosiers in the community, maintaining training standards, or simply following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, they’re ready.
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During an integrated live fire, Spc. Steven Pierce with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team completed Mortar Table Five, a practical qualification exercise, at Camp Atterbury on July 21, 2020. Guardsmen across the state continue to adapt to the current pandemic. Whether it’s helping Hoosiers in the community, maintaining training standards, or simply following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, they’re ready.
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sergeant. 1st Class Ramon Baty, the Range Safety Officer for Mortar Qualifications monitors an integrated live fire where Soldiers completed Mortar Table Five, a practical qualification exercise, at Camp Atterbury, July 21, 2020. Guardsmen state continue to adapt to the current pandemic. Whether it’s helping Hoosiers in the community, maintaining training standards, or simply following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, they’re ready.
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EDINBURGH, Ind. – Verbal orders echoed through the hills of Camp Atterbury.

SECTION!

FOUR ROUND FIRE FOR EFFECT!

AT MY ORDERS!

GUN TWO UP!

GUN THREE UP!

GUN ONE UP!

GUN FOUR UP!

HANG IT!

FIRE!

These verbal commands had a sign distinct from the current environment: they were muffled by masks.

During an integrated live fire, soldiers from the 151st Infantry Regiment 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team complete Mortar Table Five, a practical qualification exercise, at Camp Atterbury on July 21 .

For a responsible range officer, ensuring safety while maintaining training standards is second nature.

However, range safeties have a new, unseen danger to mitigate: COVID-19.

“Even though the mortars have a distance that they must be separated on the line of fire, that doesn’t preclude the actual crews from being within six feet of each other,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ramon Baty, the range officer in charge of mortar qualifications. “While they are at the gun line, every soldier wears their mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also we have hand sanitizer, everything is being wiped down. Handwashing stations are next to our latrines to mitigate risk.

Baty explained that attention to detail is extremely important with mortars. Being slightly offset in direction several thousand yards can lead fired shells away from the target and create an unintended hazard.

National Guard units must fight a constant battle to maintain soldiers’ perishable readiness and skills.

By clearing the rust and getting back in the guns, Baty said the teams went from handling six or seven missions on day one to more than 40 missions on day three.

“COVID-19 has really affected our training this year,” Pfc said. Zach Brown, indirect fire infantryman of the 151st Infantry Regiment and acting squad leader for the First Gun. “It’s our first real shot we’ve done for the year. It feels good to be able to go out and practice for our jobs and hone our skills doing low-end rounds.

Brig. General Dale Lyles, Adjutant General of Indiana, has a “people first” mentality when it comes to leadership. Not only is the security of the force paramount, but also the community and families that its Guard members come into contact with and who may be more vulnerable.

“We want to do everything in our power to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our Hoosier community,” Lyles said. “We remain diligent in following CDC guidelines while maintaining our state of preparedness. We’re going to have to all work together to beat this. »

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