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The unit was tasked to refuel two Army tactical vehicles and provide a Soldier with driver training. To accomplish the mission, the Soldiers would travel on local roadways. They were given orders to clear the snow from their vehicles and conduct preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS). They were also briefed on the proper speeds for the winter road conditions.

Never Immune to Complacency

It was a good training day. We were conducting a command-sponsored train-the-trainer event for M-249/M-240B machine gun qualification tables to show subordinate unit leaders what right looks like. So far, we had executed the qualification tables well and “right” looked pretty good.

  • 8 October 2023
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Winter Ready

During winter, driving becomes more hazardous, and extreme weather can take its toll on Army equipment, vehicles and drivers. Taking appropriate steps such as conducting by-the-book preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) and applying risk management before hitting the road could save you from breakdowns and hazardous conditions.

  • 1 October 2023
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The Wrong Way

When our first palletized load system (PLS) showed up, the driver dropped off a CONEX next to us. A second PLS then showed up and, while we were outside taking a break, we could hear it backing up. Suddenly, we heard Soldiers yelling for the PLS to stop. My only thought was, “This can’t be good.”

  • 24 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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The Way You Train is the Way You Fight

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.

  • 17 September 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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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
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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