Bowling Green Soldiers Preparing for Deployment

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

At the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville National Guard soldiers encounter real-life scenarios to prepare them for what's to come.

Sgt. Todd Partain says: "If we train like the real thing here you aren't as nervous or scared. It helps you keep your buddies alive."

Lt. Col. Mike Farley says: "Everything we do here is based on actual situations. It's extremely important. It builds confidence and unit cohesion between soldiers. We're in good hands."

In this reenactment, soldiers encounter an Improvised Explosive Device or IED. Nicholas Basham is a medic from the second 123rd out of Bowling Green. And he is responsible for helping the injured.

Basham says: "In my opinion the most important because if you don't have soldiers living, you don't have soldiers fighting."

Soldiers also practiced close quarter marksmanship and rappelling from a helicopter. It's all a valuable tool that will help keep them safe when they are sent to Iraq.

Sgt. 1st Class, Doug Pollard, says: "It's just an adaptation of what they see they bring back. Bottom line what we go over with we come back with. That's our mission. That and to protect the people of Iraq."

The soldiers with the second 123rd deploy for Camp Shelby, Mississippi at the end of July. From there they will be deployed to Iraq at the end of September or middle of October.

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