DVIDS – News – Ohio Army National Guard’s 1-148th Infantry Regiment tackles combat during annual training


History of Sgt. Scott Flecher
Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment trained to maintain combat readiness over a two-week period this summer at Camp Atterbury Joint Training Center near Edinburgh, Indiana. In a culminating event, the battalion fielded approximately 500 soldiers who took part in combat and area reconnaissance exercises. This training greatly improved the cohesion and combat readiness of the participating companies, turning them into an even deadlier fighting force.

“Much of the training has been designed around just the ability to communicate, to understand each other and to understand aspects of what needs to be done by each individual,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Dickerson, 1st Battalion commander. , 148th Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Walbridge, Ohio. “It was designed to emphasize the communication aspect of what we do to make sure everyone is in sync when assigned to a mission.”

During the training period, soldiers practiced many individual tasks and skills, such as weapon familiarization and movement techniques. Squad and platoon level exercises, such as reacting to enemy contact, as well as route and area reconnaissance, allowed soldiers to build themselves into a combat-ready, capable force. to rely without hesitation on the person on their left and on their right.

“I think the most important part of this (training) that makes us better fighters is the camaraderie it creates,” said Sgt. Kevin Deely, a squad leader with Company A, 1-148th at Walbridge. “You can be good on your own, as good as you want to be, but it all depends on the guy next to you. You must work as a unit to survive.

Missions took place day and night, requiring soldiers to be ready for training at all hours. Along with this training, soldiers lived in a field environment, requiring them to set up camp in the dense woods of Camp Atterbury for days at a time.

“People don’t realize what their bodies and minds are really capable of,” said 2nd Lt. Richard Ashford, platoon leader of 1st Platoon, Company A, 1-148th. “It’s a really good opportunity for them to come here and see more seniors doing things that they wouldn’t dream of doing in terms of operating in relatively poor environments.”

The soldiers concluded their annual training on a high note with praise from Dickerson, who said, “The morale after such a trying and difficult event was nothing short of astronomical.

The battalion will continue its monthly training, maintaining a closer and more cohesive unit. This cohesion makes them a deadlier fighting force, always ready to face the challenges ahead.

Date taken: 10.04.2019
Date posted: 10.04.2019 10:10
Story ID: 346024
Hometown: TIFFIN, OH, USA

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