FORT KNOX, Ky. – 5th Regiment of Basic Camp (CIET) practiced squad operations and React to Contact training July 19.
Cadets were tasked to take control of an enemy foothold, stop supply convoys on the road, and ultimately stop opposing forces, the Southern Atropian Peoples Army (SAPA), from conducting any of their missions. Enemy forces, which are also comprised of Cadets, were engaged with blank ammunition, flash grenades and artillery simulators.
Cdt. Lesley Jackson, Florida A&M, described the training’s objective
“Today we’re working with our squad, trying to get our mission accomplished as efficiently and effectively in a timely manner, and pretty much continue our squad building,” she said.
React to Contact training is unique because it consists of rehearsal ambushes followed by the actual ambush mission, all led, for the most part, by Cadets. Such training not only gives Cadets the opportunity to shine as leaders, but to highlight their cohesion as a team and work as a unit positively.
The 3rd platoon, 3rd squad leader for the ambush was Cdt. Jacorey Smith, Augusta University, who led with zeal. Formations, commands, and instructions came from the squad leader down. They ran practice ambushes as he directed, for various possible situations including in event of a squad member injury, which ended up happening during the actual ambush.
“This is a training environment and overall I was satisfied with the first iteration. I hope that we may learn and still grow and build,” Smith said of the first of three iterations, or missions.
2nd Lt. Marcus Winebrenner was there as a supervisor and guide, only stepping and and intervening when help was requested or to correct a mistake Cadets didn’t catch themselves.
“I want to keep them high energy and motivated throughout the whole lane and that goes hand in hand. They bring each other up and after that the lane goes pretty well,” he said.
5th Regiment Basic Camp graduates July 29. Training like this ensures these Cadets will be closer to being prepared to be future leaders in the United States Army.