FORT GORDON


Lion Brigade Soldiers Prepare for Upcoming Deployment

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Story by SGT Victor Everhart on 11/20/2017
FORT GORDON, GA. Soldiers assigned to A Company, 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade convoyed from Fort Bragg, N.C. to Fort Gordon to train Soldiers and ensure technical and tactical proficiency for their upcoming deployment.

U.S. Army Forces Command's (FORSCOM) number one focus is readiness with a mindset of being "Ready Now" and that translates for the Soldiers of the 35th TTSB providing multiple, redundant, reliable communications anywhere/anytime.

In a training exercise the unit is preparing to support XVIII Airborne Corps and I Corps organizations in unified land operations. As calling the "Road to War", leaders of A Company are training Soldiers of proud and trusted professionals to continue delivering responsive, reliable, and operationally relevant network capabilities to our fellow warfighters -- on time and on target, regardless of location or mission. This field training exercise focused on a multitude of different combat and equipment related training objectives.

"We're doing familiarization training with the equipment and cross training the different teams to be more adaptable and interchangeable," said Sgt. David Box, second platoon section sergeant. "Our goal is for the Soldiers to be able to set up and break down and move the different systems we're responsible for in a timely manner all while being able to get communications up in as little time as possible."

With an upcoming deployment training new Soldiers technical and tactical proficiency is the pillar of all training objectives.

"Some of our Soldiers have never deployed, so teaching them the lessons myself and other noncommissioned officers have learned from previous units and deployments will make these Soldiers better trained and more prepared for whatever is expected of us down range," said Box. "The way we're doing that is by mixing it up moving teams around making sure each Soldier knows the next Soldiers duties on the systems, ensuring their trouble shooting the right issues and knowing all the steps and intricacies by the book along with all the tips and tricks we've learned from operating the systems."

"I've learned a lot since we started yesterday," said Pfc. Mickey Brown, information technology specialist. "I've learned a few of the different jobs on our team and soon my NCO will test me on the what we've learned from set up and getting everything functional to tear down and site evaluation. This has definitely been one of the better training events I've been a part of."

With their upcoming deployment nearing Soldiers of the 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are definitely making great strides in perfecting the skills that will continue their success in future to enable mission command for full spectrum, JIIM operations across all Joint operational phases. 35th Signal Brigade (Theater Tactical) is "One Team" of proud and trusted professionals delivering responsive, reliable, and operationally relevant network capabilities to our fellow warfighters -- on time and on target, regardless of location or mission.

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