Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Face of Defense: New Soldier Prepares for Iraq Deployment
By Army Capt. Marvin J. Baker
120th Infantry Brigade, Division West, Public Affairs
Today, Archer is a private first class who recently completed combat training here, as he prepares to deploy to
with his California Army National Guard unit. Iraq
, native, is part of the 749th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based in Placerville, Calif. He also is a student who temporarily left his textbooks at Folsom Lake College, Calif., to deploy to Benicia, Calif. . Iraq
“What I am learning here at
is very different than what I learned in college,” he said. Fort Hood
Archer serves as a transportation management specialist in his logistics unit, but his commander chose him to serve on the commander’s personal security detachment. Archer’s weeks of training here went back and forth between logistics and combat as he and other soldiers in his unit prepared for deployment.
“The personal security detail training prepares us for almost anything that can happen,” he said. “When bullets start flying and bombs start going off, you need that muscle memory training to rely on.”
His training -– provided by 1st Army Division West, the unit responsible for training National Guard and Reserve soldiers for overseas missions -– included infantry skills such as weapons training and counter-improvised explosive device training.
The 749th CSSB is a logistics unit that maintains vehicles used to move supplies and equipment in and out of
. Due to the projected shrinking of the Army’s area of operations in Iraq , he said, his unit will be busy helping relocate soldiers and equipment throughout his deployment in Iraq . Iraq
This is Archer’s second combat deployment. He also served four years on active duty in the Marine Corps before he left for a life as full-time college student and part-time Guard soldier.