Fort Drum Soldiers Get Unique Training During Commando Avalanche

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When you think history lesson, strenuous exercise probably isn't what comes to mind. 

That's what was happening at Fort Drum this week with the Commando Avalanche.

The soldiers did 30 burpees (squat thrusts) and a few wind sprints, which were followed by questions on the history of 14th Infantry Regiment. 

"If you just had to show up and remember the history, that'd be pretty easy.  But when they throw in the history, it makes your brain go a hundred different directions," said Sergeant First Class Jason Jones.

All leadership officers in the 2nd Brigade went through a course highlighting the history of each battalion. 

One represents a 1993 battle in the streets of Somalia. 

The soldiers buy into the importance of the history of their unit.

Even when they're gone the battalion will still be there.

"If you don't learn your lineage, then what's the point in us being here right now? Who's going to remember us 5 years down the road - let alone 25, 150. It's absolutely important," said First Lieutenant Anthony Delvecchio.

There were three hours of log carrying, radio tower assembling and boat carrying schooling. 

Most soldiers we talked to said the 3 hour-long course was pretty rough, but someday after they're gone from Fort Drum, one of their battles might just be part of Commando Avalanche.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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