Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises on Fort A.P. Hill

Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment executed training exercises while conducting a Deployment for Training exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, April 22, 2017.
The training consisted of quick reaction force drills, casualty evacuation exercises, and room-clearing techniques.

“The exercises we conducted today were QRF and room clearing,” said Cpl. Kevin Wilson, a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company. “What QRF means is if any friendly unit is in a tough bond, we’d go out and save them.”

Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises

The Marines trained to improve their basic infantry skills for their upcoming deployment.

“I expect my Marines to learn a lot from the QRF drills,” said Wilson. “They need to quickly be able to put their gear on and bring the fight to the enemy.”

Infantry Marines rely on small unit leadership to ensure every Marine performs to the best of their ability to accomplish the mission.

Cpl. Billy Roberts, a team leader with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company, said that leading his fire team is a humbling experience.

“It can be very rewarding when you teach Marines new things,” said Roberts.  “You can see the progress they make since their first run-throughs.”

Anything can happen at any moment in a combat zone, so when it comes to training Marines it’s important that they learn anything they can to speed up reaction time.

“We intend Marines receiving this training to become proficient in combat operations,” said Roberts. “They need to be able to respond quickly to different contingencies at a moment’s notice even if they don’t know five minutes prior what they’ll be doing.”

The training helps Marines better understand their purpose within the Corps.

“I feel that the training is what every single individual Marine needs to take into consideration to become a good warfighter,” said Pfc. Justin Slattin, a radio operator with 2nd Platoon, Fox Company. “The new training that we do every single day will help save lives.”

Deployment for Training: 2/2 conducts training exercises
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Story by Pfc. Abrey Liggins

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Fort A.P. Hill Firemen and Foresters train for tree-top rescue

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill Fire Captain Samuel H. Hill III sits suspended high above the forest floor between two trees during a five day combined training session where firefighters and foresters learn and practice climbing techniques, ropes and rigging, precision felling, and rescue techniques.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill Fire Captain Samuel H. Hill III sits suspended high above the forest floor between two trees during a five day combined training session where firefighters and foresters learn and practice climbing techniques, ropes and rigging, precision felling, and rescue techniques.

Fort A.P. Hill Fire and Emergency Services along with members of the Forestry Division recently completed a five day combined training session with Rip Tompkins, a certified professional arborist.

This training provided Garrison personnel with various precision skill sets as well as hands-on training scenarios. Firefighters and foresters learned and practiced climbing techniques, ropes and rigging, precision felling, as well as rescue techniques of trapped or injured workers from elevated positions & locations.

Department of Defense agencies as well as other military assets with a similar training mission as Fort A.P. Hill also utilize professional arbor techniques to affect rescue operations.

This type of training has also aided greatly in the forming of the fire departments standard operating procedures for rescue of trapped or injured personnel from elevated locations.

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A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes an ISIS-K cave

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strikes an ISIS-K cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan at 7:32 p.m. local time April 13, 2017. The strike was designed to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. forces conducting clearing operations in the area while maximizing the destruction of ISIS-K fighters and facilities. ISIS-K, also known as the Khorasan group, is based in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and is composed primarily of former members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban.

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Holy Wednesday at Liberty Church.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill celebrated Holy Wednesday with a service led by Chaplain Lt. Col. T.M. Wolf at historic Liberty Church.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill celebrated Holy Wednesday with a service led by Chaplain Lt. Col. T.M. Wolf at historic Liberty Church.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill celebrated Holy Wednesday with a service led by Chaplain Lt. Col. T.M. Wolf at historic Liberty Church.

Liberty Baptist Church, an antebellum brick building, was built in 1850. It is a 300-seat chapel that is a nominee for the Virginia Historical Record.

 

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Can I Kiss You SHARP training.

”Can I Kiss you” Program to #fortaphill this past week. #SHARP #CanIKissYou

”Can I Kiss you” Program to #fortaphill this past week. #SHARP #CanIKissYou

 

Mr. Mike Domitrz brought his program to U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill as part of annual SHARP training on April 6, 2017.

Mike is one of the leading experts for transforming our sexual culture to one being built on consent and respect – discussing sexual decision-making, asking first, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

The SHARP Program is a comprehensive integration and transformation of the Army’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program and Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) efforts.

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Fort A.P. Hill accepts the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award recognizes significant contributions of #fortaphill as an environmental and conservation leader in Virginia.

#usarmy Garrison Fort A.P. Hill was awarded the 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Gold Award for land conservation. The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in Virginia.

The Fort A.P. Hill Army Compatible Use Buffer Partnership works collaboratively to cost-share the acquisition of conservation easements or fee simple ownership from willing landowners.

This partnership permanently protects high-value habitats and ecological resources, the historic and rural character of the neighboring landscape, while sustaining Fort A.P. Hill’s military operational readiness by preempting encroachment from incompatible residential development. #sustainment

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Story Musgrave on The Hill

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Mr. Story Musgrave came to #fortaphill to offer his course on Exploration and Power Generation Vision, Leadership and Excellence. Story offered his wisdom on the pursuit of excellence by everybody, every second of the day, every step along the way. Get it right the first time and get it right every time.

Best quote from the lecture, “No such thing as a normal day!”

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