Soldiers prepare for deployment to Afghanistan

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FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WXOW) – An Army reserve unit from Missouri currently at Fort McCoy is getting ready to head to Afghanistan at the end of the month.

Fort McCoy has a long history of preparing soldiers for deployment and part of that preparation is making sure they have the skills they will need when overseas.

The soldiers are thrown into situations that mirrors what they might experience in combat.

Wednesday was the last phase of training as soldiers were route clearing and searching for possible bombs, similar to what their mission will be when deployed.

“Oh, as realistic as possible, op four, firing blank rounds, I mean today we were using live ammunition which is about as real as it gets. They’re using scenarios that have been played out overseas and they’re just making it as real as possible,” Specialist Matthew Amsbaugh said.

It’s this type of training that lowers the amount of surprises they may encounter in enemy territory.

 

Declan Levy

Declan Levy

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