At Fort Drum, firing away, getting ready

At Fort Drum, firing away, getting ready

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Soldiers on Fort Drum were busy training in a ‘live fire exercise’ this week.

The three day training session started with individual soldiers firing their weapons Monday, and ended with team drills Wednesday. The training is designed to improve soldiers’ performance with their weapons.

Some of the soldiers took part in friendly competition during the week.

“We did some time trials yesterday," said Pvt. Brandon Duralia, an ammo bearer. "So it was, whoever had the quickest time and hit the most targets out of eight.”

Platoon Sergeant Philip Dubose says the exercises serve a greater purpose.

""It’s working a lot of different factors, different skills sets. And, the whole goal of it is to increase our lethality and survivability for future combat operations," Sgt. Dubose said.

Team live fire training happens multiple times a year, and the soldiers on Wednesday have already gone through the progression.

Wednesday was extra practice. Dubose says it helps strengthen every part of the team.

“We were able to get some coherency and unity inside of the team, which is the smallest echelon that we use," Dubose said. "So, by getting the good foundation there it transcends throughout the rest of the elements.”

The live fire training exercise gets soldiers ready for the ‘Mountain Peak’ training exercise, coming up in September.

Copyright 2019 WWNY. All rights reserved.