September 21, 2015
GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany – Paratroopers from the 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade conducted a monthlong consolidated skills training exercise here Aug. 1 through Sept. 2, 2015.
This is the first field training exercise for the 54th, which activated in June, re-designated to replace the 173rd Special Troops Battalion. During the exercise, paratroopers trained on individual and platoon-level skills and also fielded new route clearance vehicles.
The training on clearance vehicles was technically demanding; Soldiers spent the first half of the fielding period in the classroom learning about capabilities of the vehicles. During the training, the paratroopers qualified on five different vehicles, seven weapons systems, and fielded the Buffalo Mine-Protected Clearance Vehicles and Husky Vehicle-Mounted Mine-Detection Systems.