FORT KNOX, KY. First Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Delta Company Cadets participated in the Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exercise during field training June 11, 2016.
Counter IED operates as if the threat of an IED is present; Cadets are given tasks, some as patrols while others go through formal instruction. Cadet Marco Benitez from Texas A&M University, originally from Miami, FL was first assigned as security to protect the interior of the base. Benitez explained that the field training has been the most interesting part of CLC thus far in preparation to be a platoon leader in the future.
“This training is important because IEDs are an incredible threat in combat. It is not the question of ‘if’ we will use this training, but when” said Benitez.
Jake Holland, an Armed Forces Mobility instructor from Fort Campbell with the Global Threat Mitigation Program said there are multiple stations including an overall IED education, components, detection, types, devices and warning signs. “My station teaches about handheld detection systems, what they are, how they are used and what to look for. The Counter IED training is important for these Cadets to keep soldiers safe as platoon leaders and to show them that training like this is available on the ground for their soldiers.”
Enemies of the United States Army use Improvised Explosive Devices; homemade explosives that can be made out of common items and produce shrapnel. IEDs can be remotely activated or triggered upon contact. With training like Counter IED, U.S. Soldiers are better prepared to handle the threat of explosive devices or any threats they may face.