JBER troops prepare arms as they travel to Afghanistan


by Whitney LB Miller

ANCHORAGE - The clock is ticking for the soldiers of the 2nd engineer brigade as they gear up to deploy to Afghanistan in May.

Before they can leave, a special training to make sure they are protected.

Company commander, Capt. Eddie Major will be deploying with a number of his troops next month and this week he and the team took aim and opened up on a last minute live fire training.

"We do it usually several times a year and its something that we continue to work on and it takes continuous improvement," said Major.

Thursday the soldiers shot reflexive fire; a training that reinforces basic marksmanship skills and target discrimination. Skills the men and women will need as they embark on a special mission down range to support the afghan people.

"Good marksmanship is very important we have to be able to protect ourselves and protect the people that we have out there its also in our mission to protect the afghan people as well," said Major.

Company commander Scott Capela says the key ingredient to their protection is safety.

"If we have a negligent discharge or anyone gets hurt on these ranges or a soldier goes down you know its a loss of an asset loss of a person and we cant afford any such losses thats why we have safety's with each fire as they go down range and we did the safety briefing before," said Capela.

According to Capela the hardest part of the training is repetition; practicing precision skills that could ultimately save lives.

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