Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Drivers Rodeo Competition Emphasizes Warrior Task Skills

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Drivers Rodeo Competition Emphasizes Warrior Task Skills

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GULFPORT, Miss. - With an Army-wide emphasis being placed on warrior task skills, the 81st Regional Readiness Command (RRC) added the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) convoy course and M16 range to their 2005 Drivers Rodeo competition. The event was held in Gulfport, Miss., June 20-24.

This is the first Drivers Rodeo that the 81st RRC has held since 2002, because many Soldiers have been mobilized in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

The 3rd Battalion, 345th Regiment (Training Support), an Army Reserve unit from Fort Gillem, Ga., ran the IED convoy range. The unit falls under the 4th Brigade, 87th Division.

"We designed this training based on Coalition Forces Land Component Command guidance and reports from the Center for Army Lessons Learned, or CALL," said SFC Darrell Welch, of the 3rd Battalion. "We try to keep this course current by adding scenarios as convoys in theater experience different kinds of attacks. The students here at the Drivers Rodeo are getting a condensed version of our course. They have a block of classroom instruction in the morning and then drive the course in the afternoon. The training we give to mobilizing troops takes three days to complete."

Graders from the 3rd Battalion ride in the convoy and the students are graded on collective and individual tasks. The scores they receive are added to their overall score.

"I have been deployed to Kuwait two times and many convoys were hit with small arms fire." said SGT Lisa Mason, 803rd Quartermaster Company, Opelika, Ala. …

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