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Sapper training

Sapper training


So this week we’re out here at Fort Knox,
Kentucky and behind me we have the 812th Sapper Company, which is part of the
112th Engineer Battalion or 16th Engineer Brigade. Here at Knox were
conducting a lot of live-fire training, which Fort Knox has a lot of ranges many
ranges that are really good for that. We’re doing a javelin weapon system
training today a live-fire. It’s a surface fired guided missile system
could be used against troops in the open or vehicles. You don’t get to often that
we get to fire these the live fire this weapon system so it was good training
for everybody good morale get to see the rocket fired off and see some explosions
some fireworks. It was pretty fun. This is my first AT. I graduated basic in November. This is my first one
and we did some crew served weapons on Monday, did some demo yesterday about the
do’s and Miculek today. It’s been pretty fun AT so far when
we did urban breaching behind the blast blanket and everything, six
feet away from the explosion. It’s kind of nervous but it’s pretty cool when that
thing goes off. It’s a rush because like someone just hitting you in the chest
with a sledgehammer, but it’s a cool feeling being that close to something that
powerful and getting through it. Today we’re going to be conducting
training with the mine clearing line charge or Miculek. Out here today firing
the Miculek gets me really excited I love firing the Miculek because it’s
what the Army expects mechanized engineers and Sappers to do. They expect us
to be ready, to be there, to breach obstacles and this training is
what maneuver commanders and our army expects us to do. Well we’re out here doing it.


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