This is some video taken during a convoy live-fire exercise by the Installation Management Command Korea Region Public Affairs Office.

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194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducts convoy live-fire at Story Range, Republic of Korea.

Story and photos by Edward Johnson IMCOM-Korea Public Affairs

PANMUNJOM - With weapons at the ready, members of 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion set out at dawn to conduct convoy live-fire training here, March 25.

The fast-paced exercise exposed Soldiers to many of the real-world perils found on today's asymmetric battlefield, culminating in a series of drills designed to hone their skills in reacting to road-side bombs and enemy small-arms fire.

"These Soldiers have been training for the past six months to prepare for this day and their hard work is evident in the outstanding performance I've seen throughout the battalion," said Command Sgt. Maj. Nichelle S. Fails.

At times gritty and intense, the Soldiers worked in teams to zero in on enemy targets with their rifles and machine guns.

"This scenario is interesting and very realistic," said Pvt. Jiwoo Kim, a KATUSA assigned to the battalion.

Pvt. Dylan Florres, a battalion mechanic and one of the day's enemy combatant role-players, sees the training as realistic and a good way to build unit cohesion. "What we are doing is basically helping Soldiers learn how to train safely and work as a team," he said.

"Everybody is highly motivated and ready to fight," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joseph Williams, HHC, 194th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, safety officer. "Taking care of our Soldiers is very important, we don't want any injuries. That's why we do risk assessments and go over all of the details to make this a very safe, yet realistic, training environment."

Master Sgt. Kenneth Ashley, the day's pyrotechnics NCO, described the training as important in building teamwork within the battalion. "Here in Korea and in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to make sure our Soldiers know how to react under fire and to ensure they are prepared for anything the enemy throws at them."

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