Training exercise focuses on chemical attacks, urban warfare
SEOUL — The soldiers of 1st Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment have spent most of the last month in the field at Rodriguez Range during a semi-annual training exercise.
Training ranged from simulated chemical attacks to gunnery exercises, according to a 2nd Infantry Division news release.
The 4th Chemical Company launched canisters nearly 100 feet into the air, spreading a nontoxic mist over 1-72’s vehicles to begin the exercise in which soldiers used a five-stage decontamination process.
Capt. Craig Robert Perry, Company C commander, stated in the release that “it’s about as real as we can train without having any real threat out there.”
The soldiers also conducted training for military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) in which fellow soldiers acting as enemy forces attacked convoys.
The convoys — M1A1 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and other support vehicles — were attacked and the soldiers were rated on how they reacted, communicated and established a secure perimeter.
“The soldiers really enjoyed it,” Sgt. 1st Class John Ibarra, Company D platoon sergeant, stated in the news release. “It’s something they’re not used to doing. It’s new training for them. The MOUT site we utilized is good for them to get in there and get some real world training.”