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NEWS | Nov. 27, 2017

Ready, trained, and maintained

By Spc. Blake Essex 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

Every Soldier is a rifleman, this is a mentality that is drilled into Soldiers since they began basic training. Soldiers with the 705th Transportation Company return to the range to hone their basic marksmanship skills with individual weapons qualifications to increase combat readiness at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, on Nov. 18, 2017.

With tensions rising around the world, the mobilization and deployment of Soldiers is becoming a very real possibility. Maintaining proficiency of basic Soldiering skills can make a significant difference while over seas for service members. "Maintaining marksmanship is very important especially if we come up on a deployment," said Sgt. Denarae F. Holderby, "it's important to make sure everyone is ready and prepared."

Under heavy winds and frigid temperatures Soldiers continued weapons qualification. "Being prepared and ready for service in different areas of the world is important, Soldiers never know where they are going to be sent until they go and receive proper training in different environments allows Soldiers to be prepared.

"I think the biggest thing is to train in different environments," said Staff Sgt. Dante Pearson, "rather than train in the desert, maybe in Alaska, because you never know where you're deploying to. You need to get your body acclimated to how training will be in those areas."