At Northern Strike (NS), on July 22, 2020, the Illinois National Guard, 1544th Transportation Company (TC) conducted Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) training at Camp Grayling, Michigan, a part of Michigan’s National All Domain Warfighting Center.
NS is designed to train ARNG and ANG units on joint live fire proficiency at the company/troop level and multi-compo units from battalion to division level on joint fire integration.
Replicating future operating environments, the C-IED training goals were to provide Soldiers with the knowledge and skills to effectively respond to IED threats and other explosive devices they may encounter on the battlefield.
“Camp Grayling provided realistic IED training and a hands-on opportunity that junior Soldiers can apply to their Warrior skills tasks, said (a 15 year, Illinois National Guardsmen), SSG Michael Holmes, 3rd squad leader for 1st platoon of the Paris unit.
SSG Ethan Cochran, (a 10 year, Illinois National Guardsmen), team leader for 1st squad for 2nd platoon of the Danville detachment, agreed with SSG Holmes but added, “the instructors were knowledgeable and encouraged our senior E-4’s to take the lead.”
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