In April the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team began a month-long training series on Fort Benning called Hammer Focus.
Designed to stitch together all the training soldiers do year-round in preparation for combat, Hammer Focus finds battalions within the brigade tackling such tasks as live fire exercises, insurgent engagement missions and vehicle maneuvering.
These missions are conducted in myriad locations on post. One of those locations is the Selby MOUT Site, a cluster of buildings designed to look like an Iraqi or Afghani village. Soldiers and actors dressed up as locals interact with those 3rd HBCT members attempting to complete a designated mission, such as capture a high-value target hiding within the village or seize a hidden weapons cache.
Hammer Focus is the 3rd HBCT's largest training series on Fort Benning and its challenges provide soldiers with a good idea of what they will encounter when they reach the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Ca. this summer and of course what they'll need to know when deployed to Iraq this fall.
The exercise ends today.
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