Fort Knox, KY. – CIET 1st Regiment Alpha Company Cadets learn to plan and execute Team Maneuvers for the first time in their summer training to better prepare them as future Army leaders.
Training will begin with a 15-minute demo, which allows Cadets a hands-on opportunity to watch soldiers demonstrate different squad maneuvers. Cadets will learn how to perform a recon, long haul, squad attack, dismounted movement and how to set up an Objective Rally Point (ORP).
Lt. Col. Stephen Peterson, Professor of Military Science at Tennessee Tech University, oversees the Team Maneuvers training.
“We have the awesome opportunity to show these cadets what basic tactics are: the blocking and tackling fundamentals of patrolling,” Peterson said, “This is their first collective training that they’ve had, they’ve done individual tasks, now we get to show them how to move tactically with a whole squad.”
Cdt. Javier Cox, native of Indianapolis, Indiana, attends Ball State University, was appreciative of the live-action demo given prior to the start of training.
“The demonstration was very well executed, it was probably the best example that we could see, just to give us a good idea on what we are supposed to do out here during our training,” Cox said.
Tomas Hernandez, University of Puerto Rico, was on hand to train the Cadets the basics needed for future maneuvers.
“We are teaching the fundamentals, squad tactics, troop leading procedures, how to properly cross a linear danger area, the basics,” Hernandez said.
“This is absolutely essential, everywhere we go security is a part of what we do, and we have to plan for the most dangerous and most likely course of action,” Peterson added, “often times the threat is not necessarily people, a lot of times it’s the environment. They have to make sure they are assessing different threats and risks. ”
Cdt. Taylor Topping, native of Dubuque, Iowa, attends South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, was excited to learn how squad maneuvers are performed.
“They are putting us into a lot of potential real life situations,” Topping said, “I have never done this before so, it’s pretty cool. It’s neat seeing the different tactics behind it all.”
“Since most people have very different levels of knowledge and skill, knowing what they should be doing and seeing it in action is very helpful to understand the different tactical operations during CIET training,” added Cox.
Cadets will practice Team Maneuvers over a two-day period before applying the new skills toward the rest of their summer training.