Sept. 24, 2009
29th Special Troops Battalion wraps up annual training
By Sgt. Andrew H. Owen
Virginia Guard Public Affairs
FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers from the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Special Troops Battalion packed up their equipment and headed back from Fort Pickett to their respective home stations after completing their two-week annual training Sept. 24 where they will remain on orders through Sept. 26.
A Soldier from the 29th Special Troops Battalion tries to get behind cover while engaging in an elimination style paint ball competition on the physical training field at Fort Belvoir. (Photo by Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)
The 174 Soldiers spent their time focusing on individual warrior tasks with emphasis on the noncommissioned officers teaching and mentoring the junior enlisted Soldiers. Soldiers were certified in the combat lifesavers course, virtual convoy operations training, individual weapons training, radio training and many other tasks.
“We had a very successful training event,” said Capt. Jennifer Bouland, headquarters support company commander. “We basically focused on individual training and readiness within the unit.”
Completing the mandatory training and managing to continue day-to-day operations proved to be a unique challenge for the battalion’s personnel section.
“We complete our day-to-day operations while half of us go to training and half of us are maintaining the strength accountability and the personnel actions like awards, transfers, and packets,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sandra Williams, senior human resources NCO. “Anything a Soldier needs, we’re operational 24/7.”
The AT was not focused solely on the training, according to Bouland. There were several fun events planned in the training schedule to keep the Solders’ morale high. Some of the Soldiers put on a concert and the unit held a field day on Sept. 22.
The field day included a cook-out, football, baseball, horseshoes and volleyball. The battalion also held an elimination paint-ball tournament between the companies after the cook-out.
The HSC also sent approximately 32 Soldier to Fort Bullis, Texas to support the 29th Infantry Division during a staff-exercise the division was engaged in during their AT.