116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion conducts combined arms exercise

Soldiers from Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat Team conduct a field exercise to practice their tactical skills and medevac procedures April 14 at Fort A. P. Hill. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. JoAnna E. Greene, 29th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

FORT A.P. HILL, Va. — The 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion conducted a combined arms exercise at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., April 13-15, 2012.  In a simulated forward operating base, the battalion’s companies worked seamlessly together to exercise their Army warrior skills and military occupational specialties.

“It’s been a great exercise for us to train as a battalion and utilize the unique capabilities that we have,” said Lt. Col. Chris Doss, commander of the 116th BSTB.  “Because of our distinct capabilities with signal, military intelligence, engineers and military police, we have to balance our time at being proficient in those areas and also come together to integrate those capabilities in a combined exercise.”

The military intelligence company, Company B, conducted intelligence operations in a mock Afghan village.  Human intelligence analysts patrolled a simulated Afghan market tactically questioning villagers to illicit intelligence information.  This information and that gathered from signal intelligence was pieced together in the operations center to use for future missions.

Engineers of Company A polished their Army warrior skills during field exercises including providing security for intel analysts gathering information, patrols and medical evacuation.

The battalion’s military police provided entry check point security for the mock FOB and engaged in convoy operations reacting to IED’s.

Based on information gathered by Company B, the battalion’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear team was able to practice its specialty in the field as well.

A UH-60 Black Hawk crew from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation, led by Capt. Larkin Scott, contributed to the combined arms exercise by transporting Company A Soldiers and the CBRN team in their field missions.

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