Demonstrating the mine detector

Pfc. Gabriel Sifuentez, a scout with Bravo Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, demonstrates a Minehound mine detector for fellow scouts during counter-improvised explosive device training Feb. 28 at Fort Hood.

(Photo by Sgt. Quentin Johnson

Cavalry scouts and medics with Bravo Troop, 4th “Dark Horse” Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a situational training exercise Feb. 25 through March 1.

More than 50 Dark Horse scouts participated in multiple training events during the week, including: dismounted maneuvers, land navigation, cold load training, first aid, react to contact and counter-improvised explosive device training, said 1st Lt. Nick Potter, the troop’s executive officer.

“Two platoons went through the training ensuring all contingencies were covered and soldier’s skills were met, maintaining their combat readiness,” he said.

Skills acquired during the exercise are additional skill sets for the scouts, Potter said. The exercise builds groundwork for platoons to identify and build their teams. From there, teams can establish camaraderie to help them work as one.

“Noncommissioned officers train and lead soldiers. This exercise is a great opportunity for them to develop their squads and teams,” Potter said. “Teams will be able to react and think as one in any situation they are put in during combat.”

Pfc. Ronnie Lender, a cavalry scout with the troop, said personnel in his team have been moved around lately and understand the benefits of the exercise.

“We learn the weak and strong points of our team, helping us become well rounded,” Lender said.

He said fighting back fatigue during the exercise has been worth the refresher and new skill sets he developed.

“We are the eyes and ears of the commander on the battlefield,” Lender said. “Despite the exhausting schedule, I love the refresher skills I acquired on land navigation as well as first-time instruction on the counter-improvised explosive device training.”

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