Air Det FTX Experience

By BUCN Rosalind Shaffer

Between the dates of February 14th, 2016 – February 27th, 2016 Navy Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven (NMCB11) Air Detachment (Air Det) participated in the field training exercise (FTX). FTX is a series of different events and many moving parts. Within FTX there are fighting positions, command post, patrols, battalion aid station, equipment operations, projects, and entry control points.

(February 20th, of 2016 Hattiesburg, MS) Senior Chief Chris Beck in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN Air Detachment is assisting troop in improving their fighting position to provide better cover and concealment against possible enemy threat during the field training exercise. (Picture taken by Builder Constructionman Rosalind Shaffer)

(February 20th, of 2016 Hattiesburg, MS) Senior Chief Chris Beck in Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN Air Detachment is assisting troop in improving their fighting position to provide better cover and concealment against possible enemy threat during the field training exercise. (Picture taken by Builder Constructionman Rosalind Shaffer)

NMCB11 Air Det is the first to respond for any situation they might face. There for they were the first troops to set a 360 degree security at the site which would become NMCB11 main headquarters for FTX. After the site was taken over Air Det moved to two other sites. During these moves many troops did not get much sleep but they kept fighting the fight and still had the ability to answer any call that would come their way.

(February 21th, of 2016 Hattiesburg, MS) Construction Mechanic Third Class Chris Sobonya of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN Air Detachment is manning his one man fighting position against possible enemy threat during the field training exercise. (Picture taken by Builder Constructionman Rosalind Shaffer)

(February 21th, of 2016 Hattiesburg, MS) Construction Mechanic Third Class Chris Sobonya of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN Air Detachment is manning his one man fighting position against possible enemy threat during the field training exercise. (Picture taken by Builder Constructionman Rosalind Shaffer)

Within FTX there are security lines. Security lines are essential to maintaining a 360-degree security for the designated area that the detachment has taken control of. Fighting positions are two men with either M16 rifle or crew serve weapon capabilities. Patrols maintain security outside of camp and find important information that is forwarded to the command post. The entry control point maintains what personnel’s and equipment comes into camp and goes out to maintain a safe environment.

(February 21th, of 2016 Hattiesburg, MS)  Steelworker Constructionman Kyle McConiga of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN Air Detachment is manning the .50 caliber crew serve weapon at the detachments entry control point against any possible enemy threat during threat during the field training exercise. The Entry control point is crucial point in any camp that manages traffic going in and out. (Picture taken by Builder Constructionman Rosalind Shaffer)

(February 21th, of 2016 Hattiesburg, MS) Steelworker Constructionman Kyle McConiga of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ELEVEN Air Detachment is manning the .50 caliber crew serve weapon at the detachments entry control point against any possible enemy threat during threat during the field training exercise. The Entry control point is crucial point in any camp that manages traffic going in and out. (Picture taken by Builder Constructionman Rosalind Shaffer)

The command post is where the camp is operated. Here there are communications with all moving parts of the camp and connections with NMCB11 main camp. The battalion aid station is where all the medical action takes place, both actual and scenario.

Projects are essential because it gives the detachment practice on how to build a temporary harden structure which would be used to occupy the camp even longer if need be in a real life situation.

During the field training exercise NMCB11 experienced harsh weather conditions. After the storm the Air Detachment moral was higher than ever. Throughout the training the Air Detachment was able to come together as a team and able to grow in strength and be able to efficiently and affectively to be able to answer the call when needed.

 

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