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News from the Oklahoma National Guard

NEWS | Aug. 3, 2022

Soldiers from 700 Brigade Support Battalion conduct annual training at the Sustainment Training Center

By Spc. Danielle Rayon, 145th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

More than 200 Soldiers with the 700th Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard, received specific Military Occupational Specialty training at the Sustainment Training Center at Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center, Iowa, July 2022.

The Sustainment Training Center provides realistic, technical and tactical training opportunities for sustainment units that support unified land operations.

Specialized training was focused on medical support personnel, cooks, wheeled vehicle mechanics, logistic specialists, and other equipment maintainers to enhance their knowledge and skills in their respective fields. Soldiers cultivated these skills in activities such as field feeding, transporting supplies, vehicle maintenance and medical treatment operations.

“This is an opportunity for the sustainers in the Brigade to come and focus on company, platoon and individual MOS training that they don’t often get to concentrate on,” said Maj. Michael Spasic, executive officer with 700th BSB.

The medics with 700 BSB were presented with the unique opportunity to utilize the facilities and equipment of the Medical Simulation Training Center to demonstrate and test their skills in a high-stress environment.

“While at the STC, the medics are placed in an environment much like a combat situation,” said Spasic. “They have very lifelike training aids that bleed and are anatomically correct. After receiving extensive classroom training, they are given the opportunity to exhibit their proficiency in the medical tasks they have trained on for months to years.”

“The great thing about training here is have the chance to ask questions, it’s definitely more educational-based,” said Spc. Wyatt Berry, a combat medic specialist with Company C. “Our instructors are very knowledgeable and readily share what they know with us.”

“I believe that having the opportunity to train at the Sustainment Training Center increases our sustainment proficiency and provides for collective training at the company, platoon and section level,” said Spasic. “It allows our Soldiers to focus on their training and walk away having benefited from the subject matter expertise of the staff here.”
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