SD National Guard train for 2019 deployment

U.S. Army Soldiers transport an injured Soldier to the casualty collection point during a simulated chemical attack at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 8, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Pearce).

FORT IRWIN, Calif. (KEVN) - A South Dakota Army National Guard unit set to deploy to the Middle East trained at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, July 27 through August 22.

The 28 day training is vital for improving logistics missions of moving supplies through tough, realistic joint and combined-arms scenarios in preparation for the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion’s
deployment scheduled for July 2019.

“We’re focusing on our mission command process in order to get prepared for future missions and our upcoming deployment,” said Lt. Col. Timothy Schlotterback, commander of the 152nd. “This NTC
rotation has provided us with the opportunity to train in an unforgiving environment against a near-peer enemy, allowing us to validate our tactical proficiency and synchronize our capabilities to conduct
sustainment operations in very demanding conditions.”

NTC provides a decisive action training environment, which creates training scenarios in a setting that can’t be replicated at a unit’s home station and that simulates what units would potentially face on their
hardest day of combat overseas.

The opportunity to train at NTC has given Soldiers of the 152nd a first-hand look at the missions they may face next year and how to overcome them.

“I’m extremely proud to be the commander of this unit and am very pleased with the progress that we’ve made working with our subordinate units from across the United States that we have here during this rotation,” said Schlotterback. “We’ve established our communication systems, our battle rhythm and our sustainment operations in a very short period of time. I’ve continued to see improvements each and every day in developing and finalizing our processes for making our command post more efficient.”


A mine resistant ambush protected vehicle drives en route during a convoy at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Aug. 7, 2018. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Austin Pearce).