BAMBERG, Germany — The 54th Engineer Battalion conducted training during exercise Dagger Strike March 31 to April 15.
The training was divided into two levels, sapper training and construction.
The sapper training lane consisted of traffic control point operations, a dismounted route clearance lane and Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT). The construction training lane was divided into Forward Operating Base (FOB) construction, combat trails and crater repair. Each squad spent a day going through each lane.
"The benefit of the training is to get the squad leaders to work with the squads and to see what level of knowledge the squad leaders have," said Army Sgt. 1st Class Roderick Carter, a platoon sergeant with the 535th Engineer Support Company.
At the FOB construction lane, the squads were required to create a traffic control point and level the ground with heavy equipment to prepare the area, while maintaining security. Soldiers who were identified to pull security had to watch for enemy combatants and maintain a secure perimeter while their teammates used heavy equipment to begin construction.
"I like to get the opportunity to get out here and evaluate the junior noncommissioned officers who lead some of the younger non-commissioned officers and soldiers," said Carter. "It's good to see the squads come out and get a chance to operate and work in an environment similar to what we do downrange."
Soldiers from the 541st Engineer Company went through the MOUT training lane as the 535th Engineer Support Company went through the FOB construction lane. They conducted a road march from the FOB and met up with an interpreter who provided them with information on the high-value target they were seeking. In order to capture the high-value target, they were required to clear several buildings within the village area. Once they secured their target, they brought the high-value target to an extraction point for evacuation.
"This is some of the best training I have had in a long time - especially the route clearance, which is what we do downrange," said Army Pvt. Nicholas Brown, a combat engineer with the 541st Engineer Company.
Dagger Strike II is scheduled to be held in Grafenwoehr May 10-27. During Dagger Strike II, units will be conducting training on breeching, MOUT, grenades, route clearance and marksmanship.