Maryland Army National Guard’s 1,229th Transportation Company recently completed their culminating training exercise at Fort Hood in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan.

The Baltimore-based company is composed of nearly 200 soldiers and is commanded by Capt. Ronald Martin and 1st Sgt. Adam Erickson.

The unit arrived at the “Great Place” on July 14, and began their “road to war” training. Preparation prior to the unit’s culminating training exercise consisted of 40 days of rigorous and comprehensive training, including language and cultural skills, a battery of weapons ranges, convoy live-fire exercises, counter improvised explosive device lanes and mountainous operations training.

The 1,229th’s culminating training event was designed to stress all aspects of the mission set they will experience in theater. From command post operations to convoy operations, the transportation soldiers were provided with all tools necessary to be successful in carrying out their mission.

“The training provided by 2nd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment and 479th Field Artillery Brigade here at Fort Hood was the most realistic our company has experienced to date,” Martin said. “Our soldiers will leave here with absolute confidence in the training they received and an increased confidence in their ability to successfully complete our mission.”

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