Fort Drum Soldiers Train With Explosives


Boom goes the dynamite. Well, sort of.

It's actually detonation cords - a form of explosive powerful enough to blast through doors, walls and anything else to get the soldiers in the 630th Clearance Company at Fort Drum inside their target.

"Counter-insurgency operations are so random and you never know what's going to happen next. So if these guys come across a building that they have to breach, they know how to do it," said 2Lt. Paxton Haydel, a member of the unit.

It's called urban breach training.

The mission?

To blast through something to get the soldiers where they need to go and then to practice safety and teamwork when it comes to securing a location.

They are basic tasks the soldiers need to master.

But there's more to the drill than meets the eye.

"From the time they take contact. There's a drill you go through there and then from the time you move up it's all about communication nd muscle memory is the biggest thing. That's why we do so much training on just these tasks," said Haydel.

Demolition training isn't anything new for the soldiers, but they say the blast still gets them every time.

"For me personally, I get an adrenaline rush just getting out there with the guys. And I don't know, it's just pretty awesome," said Sergeant Kelby Crain, a member of the unit.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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