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As a senior NCO, I had the opportunity to influence many Soldiers over the years. Sometimes, however, my junior Soldiers impressed me instead of the other way around. One young Soldier affected the rest of my career — and even saved my life — by insisting on rehearsing rollover battle drills.

Reality Check

I don’t know why it took such a tragedy to confirm what our superiors had been telling us about wearing our Kevlar and seat belts. That accident changed the unit’s whole attitude. Our sergeant’s old war stories were now our reality. We finally got it, but we learned our lesson the hard way.

  • 3 September 2023
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Staying One Move Ahead

It is a graduation requirement for the students to attend a live-fire demolitions range, where they must prime and detonate certain military explosives. Sounds hazardous, right? Well, unfortunately for our schoolhouse, that wasn’t the most dangerous event to happen to the cadre on this day.

  • 27 August 2023
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Failing Fast

The “so what” of this unfortunate incident is that the initial risk management worksheet didn’t discuss modifications to the training. By adding an assault team to the exercise, the unit incurred an additional risk.

  • 20 August 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Eliminating the Hazard

The Profession of Arms can be difficult. At times, it involves missions in the extreme heat while wearing body armor and carrying weapons, ammunition and other gear. The Army’s answer for preventing Soldiers from becoming heat casualties is proper water intake. So, for decades, we’ve transported that water to the front lines via the 400-gallon M149 trailer — otherwise known as the water buffalo.

  • 1 July 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Of all the lessons learned during our brigade’s yearlong deployment, none have returned to me more than the words “Complacency Kills.” That warning was emblazoned on a T-barrier in the center of the forward operating base as a daily caveat to our greatest planning measures: pre-combat checks (PCCs) and pre-combat inspections (PCIs).

  • 11 June 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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