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6th Regiment Basic Camp Cadets practice Squad Drills

FORT KNOX, Ky. –  6th Regiment, Alpha Company, Basic Camp Cadets completed squad battle drill training July 25. Cadets worked within their squads to go through different lanes which specialized in different skills useful to leading teams in battle.

Cdt. Matthew Harsky, Valley Forge Military College, is part of the security detail for 6th Regiment Basic Camp Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Squad during an attack lane at squad battle drills at Fort Knox, Ky., July 25. Photo by Nadia Essien

Cdt. Matthew Harsky, Valley Forge Military College, is part of the security detail for 6th Regiment Basic Camp Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, 2nd Squad during an attack lane at squad battle drills at Fort Knox, Ky., July 25.
Photo by Nadia Essien

2nd Lt. Gentry Redmond teaches Cadets how to run a squad attack mission at Lane 13, where Cadets are assigned to take out a Southern Atropian Peoples Army (SAPA) target. Each lane has such an opposing force with different objectives.

“For this phase of the operation, they’re doing the walk phase so there’s not as much actual instruction, but more guiding them through what they’re supposed to do and reiterating things they might not do right,” Redmond said.

After the drill is over, instructors hold an After Action Review (AAR) where they critique Cadets on performance and ask about what they could have done differently. Places where there is room for Cadets to improve are discussed and then Cadets move to the next lane where they practice another squad battle element. There are attack, ambush, recon, and fundamental lanes for Cadets to complete.

“Cadets should know how to properly conduct all troop leading procedures and conduct a squad attack,” Redmond said.

Cadets of Basic Camp 6th Regiment, Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, plunge into the woods during an attack lane at squad battle drills at Fort Knox, Ky., July 25. Photo by Nadia Essien

Cadets of Basic Camp 6th Regiment, Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon, plunge into the woods during an attack lane at squad battle drills at Fort Knox, Ky., July 25.
Photo by Nadia Essien

Cdt. Brandon Nadeau, Valley Forge Military College, said he was excited about the progression of squad attack training.

“Our team is meshing together well, the lanes are set up really well. We have good cover and concealment,” Nadeau said. “They’re designed to help us get these situations down so we know what to do when we’re actually in them.”

Cdt. Ashlee Tunstall, Bowie State University, said she appreciated the instructors’ notes and feedback.

“We get trained well. They’re patient with us so that we understand what we’re doing,” Tunstall said.

The Cadets of 6th Regiment Basic Camp graduate August 6th.

                                                

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