Fort Drum Soldiers Climb To Glory

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Confidence, patience and nerves of steel.

Those are just some of the qualities Fort Drum soldiers are putting into action as they climb a 180 foot communication tower.

Army instructors came all the way from Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas to train them.

"I'm more confident with myself with heights. I feel like as long as I have this gear on and I've checked it correctly, I'm safe," said Pvt2 Hassaun Brightwell.

Brightwell is one of the soldiers learning how to make repairs on the communication towers.

They are also learning how to rescue their battle buddies from the tower.

This is the first time the training has taken place on an Army installation.

The soldiers will use what they've learned on future deployments to Afghanistan.

"We are the last unit to go in there, so we are going to have the responsibility to go ahead and dismantle as well as repair and put in what's essentially going to be the long term communications infrastructure that will last after our division leaves," said Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Schroeder, chief information officer.

"There's specialized equipment that's either line of sight or sending off a signal so that way emergency systems can use radios properly," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Penn, Army instructor.

Soldiers were expected to stay on the tower for at least one hour.

It's an important mission that requires the soldiers to conquer their fears and reach higher heights.
 

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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