Bamberg Local Training Area, Germany
Bamberg's Local Training Area [LTA] provides realistic training in urban environments. Large equipment melts into the thick woods of Bamberg's LTA.
Soldiers from the Southern European Task Force's 1st Combat Team, 508th Airborne Battalion, based in Vicenza, Italy, along with Company D, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, stationed in Giebelstadt, Germany, train at the 279th Base Support Battalion's local training area military operations urban training site. These and other units, including infantry and Special Forces, travel long distances to use the Bamberg MOUT site because it is one of the most comprehensive in Europe outside the major training areas. It features many different configurations of buildings, tunnels and an expansive landing site. It can also accommodate live fire exercises in an urban environment. The Bamberg MOUT site is an example of the 279th BSB's dedication to supporting the Army mission with world class training and power-projection capabilities.
During the month of June, 1998, the 40th Quartermaster Supply Company braved mud, rain and cold nights to support the 201st Forward Support Battalion during a field exercise with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. The 240th QM Co., with more than 100 soldiers stationed in Bamberg, Germany, provides Class I through VII categories of supplies to all V Corps units and provides reinforcing support to 1st Infantry Division units. The company provided water support for the 201st FSB in Amberg, Germany, near the Grafenwoehr Training Area. During the Water Section's mission, the remainder of the company rolled into the Bamberg Local Training Area where the unit's combat readiness would be tested. The Field Training Exercise focused on occupation, reacting to Nuclear, Biological and Chemical threats, conducting convoy procedures, providing Class II, III(P), III(B), IV, VII and Water supplies, and using basic field skills. Although strenuous, the training proved to the soldiers and leadership that the company is prepared to go to war. It reinforced the soldiers' confidence in themselves and their chain of command. The Company's Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants platoon departed its Area of Operation from the Bamberg LTA, convoyed to Hohenfelds to conduct a joint Refuel-On-the-Move, and participated in the Task Force 2/63 Combined Maneuver Training Center rotation with the 201st FSB.
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