Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cookeville Soldiers Featured On Military News Blog

Cookeville-area soldiers from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are now in Kuwait receiving training from the 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The War on Terror newsblog says the local soldiers were trained on the weapons and equipment of a vehicle known as the M-RAP, the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle they'll be driving as they accompany convoys in Iraq. One soldier in the unit says the M-RAP is quite a bit different from the Humvees they're used to handling. And First Lt. John A. Wasik, an executive officer with Headquarter and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, of the 278th said when the unit goes into theater, the incoming and outgoing units usually do a transfer of authority, which takes anywhere from two weeks to a month. Wasik, a Cookeville native, said the training the 155th provided allowed his unit to speed up that process.