Fort Hood: Soldiers Prepare For Next Fight

By: Chinh Doan Email
By: Chinh Doan Email

FORT HOOD (December 3, 2012)--There's a new way of training for soldiers now that the the end of a war is in sight.

Fort Hood's 3rd Brigade Combat Team is the first brigade in 1st Calvary Division to start combat training in a new way.

"We've kept a lot in check," said SFC Shane Hanover, who has been in the military for 23 years.

"We haven't shown a lot to the world in a long time."

"We were living on bases and executing on those bases and then back, but now it's more fluid and on the move," said LTC Robert Hensley.

This also means training on equipment that hasn't been used in nearly a decade.

With Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the Army focused on the Middle East.

Troops often were on foot engaging with civilians and enemies in villages in terrain not suitable for certain military vehicles.

SFC Hanover says with today's training, he's seeing his soldiers fight in a way he hasn't seen in almost a decade.

"The skills they have now are ones I developed when I was a soldier," SFC Hanover said.

"It's nice to see the skill sets are still pertinent today."

LTC Hensley said soldiers must now combine old combat techniques with new ones.

"With the future being unclear, we're preparing ourselves to fight any fight," LTC said.

The brigade is not scheduled to deploy anytime soon, but they say the training will help them be ready for whatever is next.

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