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98th SMC conducts convoy training

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Army Pfc. Gregory Williams, a native of San Diego, assigned to the 98th Support Maintenance Company, 17th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska, scans his sector of fire with an M2 machine gun while training with the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 5, 2019. The RVTT provides Soldiers the opportunity to shoot, move, and communicate while mounted in a virtual and controlled environment while taking advantage of customizable exercise scenarios tailored to their unit specific training objectives.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The 98th Support Maintenance Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska, conducted convoy training using the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer Sept. 4, 2019 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

“In a simulated environment, Humvees were in different rooms surrounded by a screen to provide Soldiers with a 360-degree view,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Dennis DeVries, 98th SMC executive officer.

In this scenario, they are tested with improvised explosive devices, indirect fire and direct fire, while conducting a mission such as bringing supplies from one place to another. This objective requires a variety of support elements to ensure execution.

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“Essentially, everything a unit needs to be able to shoot, move, and communicate is supported by 98th SMC directly impacting mission readiness,” said U.S. Army 1st Class Roy Borges, 98th SMC acting company 1st Sgt.

The 98th SMC also conducts training for Soldiers to practice specific battle drills aimed at increasing effectiveness on the battlefield and in arctic conditions. This enables 98th SMC soldiers to accomplish their mission; providing field maintenance support and repair to units within USARAK, and training Soldiers to deploy to overseas contingency operations.

“We work on wheeled vehicles, night vision devices, radios, small arms, generators, air conditioning units and heaters,” DeVries said. “We also have a fabrication shop that can weld and create parts from raw materials. Additionally, we have a recovery section that primarily uses M984 HEMTT wreckers to respond to broken-down or stuck wheeled vehicles.

“We contribute to USARAK readiness by keeping essential equipment across JBER and Fort Wainwright mission capable through our maintenance program,” DeVries said.

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