Heavy Metal Vehicles Roll Out For Soldiers Clearing Combat Environments
By Dialogo June 28, 2011
Two vehicles used by multiple units in the military to assist in clearing routes and marking improvised explosive devices have made their way to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Special Troops Battalion.
The unit is using these vehicles in various training exercises during the Army’s six-week Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
The Husky Mounted Detection System, a vehicle with ground penetrating radar capable of detecting buried improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and anti-tank land mines, and the Buffalo Armored Vehicle, a mine-resistant, ambush-protected, or MRAP, vehicle, are designed to safely clear routes in dangerous combat environments.
The introduction of new vehicles and equipment into a unit can often create growing pains, however many Soldiers in the Special Troops Battalion, or STB, are familiar with or have had combat experience with both vehicles.
“We have experienced senior noncommissioned officers and Soldiers who have knowledge of the vehicles’ fundamentals prior to them coming to our unit,” said 2nd Lt. David McDonald, 1st Platoon Leader, Company C, 2/1 STB.
McDonald, went on to explain the importance of having these vehicles in Company C.
“Our command really pushed to have equipment available to our unit,” he said. “The addition of the Huskies and Buffaloes, as well as the (mine) rollers, completes the company’s capability to conduct its mission.”