By Jennifer Erickson
Public Affairs Officer
Picture this: It’s about 2 p.m. and three Soldiers are standing guard protecting their camp. Suddenly, a group of looters start approaching the gate. The Soldiers immediately stand behind the barrier with guns directed toward the looters. Then a “grenade” is tossed, smoke fills the air and one looter is killed in action.
What will the Soldiers do next?
This scene unfolded during the Army Reserve 38th Regional Support Group’s exercise Aug. 4 at Mahone Camp, Fort A.P. Hill.
It was just one of the ways the group was sharpening its combat edge from July 24-Aug. 7 at Fort A.P. Hill. The group was comprised of more than 400 Soldiers from 12 subordinate commands in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. From preparing food to responding to medical needs, Soldiers had the opportunity to set up a camp, conduct live-fire training, and sharpen their skills.
Above all, the Soldiers could attest to one thing.
“I think the biggest thing I’ve seen so far is teamwork,” said Staff Sgt. Barry O’Rourke of the Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
In addition to teamwork, the Soldiers took away personal lessons.
“I learned to be more of a leader and take command,” said Sgt. Jason Williams of the 733rd Transportation Company in Redding, Pa.
Private Martin Baker of the 733rd Transportation Co. agreed with Williams, adding the training taught him about himself and how to be a better Soldier.
Col. Robert Pelletier, 38th RSG Commander, was impressed with the Soldiers.
“The end result is that I will have professional Soldiers prepared for combat operations,” he said. “I think it’s been a tremendous learning experience.”