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Approximately 375 soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 20th Engineer Battalion completed their annual training this month, returning to their home armories across the state on August 1. The troops split their time between Fort Drum for combat training and their local communities to support engineering projects. Combined, the two activities dramatically improve the soldiers' fundamental engineering skills.
The annual training began July 12 with movements to Fort Drum, NY to conduct individual and collective training and weapons qualification. Additionally, the engineers trained on their ability to construct force protection measures in a harsh combat environment. Collectively, convoy life fire training presented the highlight and most challenging training at Fort Drum for the soldiers.
Convoy life fire training is an integral part of preparing soldiers for combat movements overseas. The unit integrated a wide variety of weaponry and different scenarios into the training exercise on the live-fire range. Soldiers used live ammunition on the convoy route. All common small arms and the 249 Squad Automatic Weapons were used for the convoy training.
Returning home from annual training was Sgt. Thomas Robinson from Susquehanna. Robinson serves with the engineer's FSC 204th Engineer Battalion.
The battalion includes the battalion headquarters, forward support company and quarry detachment in Binghamton, the 1156th Engineer Company from Kingston and Peekskill, the 152nd Engineer Company from Buffalo and the 827th Engineer Company from Horseheads and Walton, NY.
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