EAST LYME, Conn. – The 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group conducted Army Warrior Task training at Stones Ranch Military Reservation, Nov. 18-19.
The TASMG executed its training and received support from both the staff at Stones Ranch and the Booz Allen Hamilton Asymmetric Threat Training Support team.
The unit, whose primary mission is higher-echelon aviation maintenance support, moved into squad-sized elements, then prepared and executed common-core Soldier tasks.
“No matter what your job is in the Army, specific Soldier skills are required to be trained and evaluated on a regular basis,” said Sergeant Major Ronald Giroux, TASMG Operations Sergeant Major. “These skills are broken down in to three categories: Shoot, Move and Communicate. Nurses, Cooks, Infantryman, you name it - every Soldier in the U.S. Army needs to know how to conduct these tasks.”
The training lanes incorporated tasks from each category. CTARNG Blackhawks carried the squads into the training area, where Soldiers received an operations order, then headed out on their lane.
Different variables required Soldiers to assess, communicate and act accordingly. The squads interfaced with local nationals, honed their medical evaluation and evacuation skills, and sharpened their improvised explosive device detection skills. All the while, they moved tactically and stayed connected to their unit via tactical radios. In the unit’s tactical operations center, the Intelligence and Flight Operations sections tracked each lane’s progress and maintained a common operating picture for the commander group.
“The most effective way to train these items are in a lane-based scenario; several tasks can be accomplished in an hour-long lane,” said Sgt. 1st Class Crissy Lussier, TASMG Personnel Service NCO. “When it comes to training, time is any leaders’ most precious commodity, and these lanes are a great way to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time, allowing the Soldiers to also conduct their MOS-specific training.”
The TASMG focuses primarily on depot-level aircraft maintenance tasks, which require an immense amount of hands-on training time to build up to. However, the unit works tirelessly to maintain proficiency in their basic Soldier skills. The lane-based training also provided challenging leadership training opportunities for the unit’s junior NCOs and Officers, and will prove helpful in the unit’s future training endeavors.