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BAN DAN LAN HOI, Thailand The Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, have been conducting platoon live-fire certifications as part of Exercise Cobra Gold during February in Thailand.
With an upcoming rotation to the National Training Center this summer, ensuring the Soldiers are prepared to work in large platoon live fire missions is essential as the entire 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team will be conducting operations.
Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon was the first platoon to be platoon live-fire certified in a year, said Capt. James Devlin, commander, A Co., 1-21 Inf., 2nd SBCT. It was a pretty daunting feat for some, but it is quite the accomplishment for Alpha Company to lead the way and set the standard for the battalion.
SHARP pilot program launches
FORT BELVOIR, Va. The Army has launched a new Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention pilot program to enhance training for sexual assault response coordinators (SARCs), victim advocates (VAs) and instructors.
The pilot class, which kicked off Jan. 27 on Fort Belvoir and runs eight weeks, is designed to better prepare SHARP personnel for the kinds of situations they are likely to encounter and to help eliminate sexual assault and harassment in the military.
Marcellus Anderson, SHARP program manager, Military District of Washington, said students in the pilot program are mainly new civilian employees who will eventually replace the current contracted instructors of the two-week SHARP certification course, as well as select SARCs and VAs from across the Army.
The program will bolster students skills in conflict resolution, conducting training to other SHARP personnel and helping victims in need. Curriculum will include material from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Office of Judge Advocate General and Office of the Surgeon General.
By the end of the eight-week period, students will be able to train SARCs and VAs and be proficient in the Department of Defenses policy for their commanders, Anderson said. Schoolhouse graduates with this big-picture policy knowledge will enhance the Armys ability to prepare other SHARP professionals, he said.
Guard helps areas hit by winter storm
ARLINGTON, Va. Areas in the South and Middle Atlantic pummeled by a brutal winter storm got a break Friday, as skies were sunny and the storm continued its trek toward New England.
Hundreds of thousands of residents remained without power in affected areas, and the storm was blamed in more than 21 deaths, including two people who died after being struck by snowplows.
About 2,850 Soldiers and Airmen were on duty in nine states and the District of Columbia, according to figures from the National Guard Bureau.
The states: Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Duties included assisting stranded motorists, pulling semi-trailers out of ditches with heavy-duty wreckers, transporting law enforcement and firefighting personnel and just being there in case local authorities needed a boost.