Volume 4, Issue 1
Greetings from the 511th! As the weather starts to get warmer, our activities at the Dive Company are starting to heat up. Our team has been preparing for a multitude of missions, most of which will be occurring in Florida. These future projects include salvaging tires from an artificial reef in Fort Lauderdale; assisting with the setup of a four point moor for the USAFS Vandenberg, which will be sunk off the coast of Key West; and assisting the Coast Guard with the removal of piles between central Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Much of our time has been consumed by planning and extensive maintenance, although we haven’t heard many complaints from these divers who are looking forward to spending almost 100 days of TDY in the Sunshine State.
The month of January saw our Company fresh off of winter Exodus and getting into the swing of training. The Dive Company headed out to Fort Pickett for Range Week, which consisted of a series of events designed to sharpen our basic soldiering skills and qualify all Soldiers on their weapons. In addition to weapons qualification, Soldiers received training in demolitions, timber cutting, and both convoy and zodiac live fire exercises. To supplement this training, SGT Key instructed an excellent combatives class which allowed all members of the team to gain confidence in their choking and limb- breaking skills.