Transportation specialists from the Washington Army National Guard’s (WANG) 1041st Transportation Company have conducted an annual training exercise in Fort Harrison, Montana.

Fort Harrison serves as the home of Special Forces for the Montana National Guard.

Annual training for the Montesano and Spokane based unit began with a 670-mile drive from Fairchild AFB to Fort Harrison.

In Montana, the unit members underwent rigorous counter-improvised explosive device training and conducted battlefield logistics patrols for three days.

During this training that ‘simulated’ explosions and casualties, guard members responded to direct and indirect fire.

The unit took eight months to plan and prepare the training, which is said to be the largest exercise in two years.

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US Army 1041st Transportation Company commander captain Luis Torres said: “This was a huge undertaking after Covid-19 forced units to conduct virtual drills.

“As a unit, we rolled the dice and began planning last October on a challenging and engaging annual training to get our soldiers pumped up and ready to get back to training.”

To adapt to the new requirements, guard members conducted an Army Combat Fitness Test alongside the military speciality training.

They also used the virtual convoy trainer and an engagement skills trainer with the new qualification tables.

Torres added: “Waking up early to do physical fitness training and long days of training kept the Soldiers engaged.

“This was a very successful annual training that Soldiers really enjoyed, and this is why they joined the National Guard, to learn new things, explore new places and have fun and be engaged.”