124th Shares A Wealth of Knowledge

Story by 1st Lt. Jeffrey Rivard, 172nd PAD

JERICHO, Vt.—U.S. National Guard Soldiers attending the Infantry Advanced Leaders Course taught
by the 124th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) were trained various methods of door breaching at
Camp Ethan Allen Training Site on May 11, 2013.
"I went to the Warrior Leadership Course (WLC) at Fort Dix and it was pretty organized, but this one
[course] was great," said Staff Sgt. Daryl Reed, an ALC Student from the 69th Infantry Regiment,
NYARNG. "The Cadre is so hands on and they're subject matter experts. They seem to be really into
what they are teaching us."
Throughout the 14 day course, Soldiers learn advanced forms of operation as an infantry soldier,
giving them the tools they need to be stronger NCO's for their junior Soldiers at their home stations.
"I wish I would have come to this course earlier," said Reed. "Just the land navigation course alone
was great. You always hear the typical gripes about land navigation courses and the boxes [land
navigation points] being too close together."
The land navigation course at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site is unique as it allows trainees to
practice using dead reckoning, and terrain association to find each point which are vital to fully
grasping the concept of land navigation.
"It was challenging, because you have to actually terrain associate and it's challenging physically and
you actually have to read the map and not just shoot your azimuth," said Reed. "I've never actually
been on a course that you've had to do that."
For many of the Soldiers this was the first time experiencing and using explosive breach methods and
the preparation and planning involved in performing this type of breach.
Some of the Soldiers in the class had never used explosives breaching when in a deployed
environment and this course familiarized them with an alternate method of entering a building with
their own safety and civilian safety in mind.
When asked if he had every used this type of breaching while deployed Reed said, "When I was
overseas, just impromptu, but nothing as in detail as this. I've never seen an equation done for net
weight and all the formulas you have to come up with in order to get your stand-off distance, with
and without a blast shield."
The 124th RTI conducts several other courses throughout the training year including Squad
Designated Marksmanship, and Small Arms Master Gunner which is usually taught by the Arkansas
National Guard.
The Arkansas National Guard requested support from other states due to the high demand for this
course and the Vermont National Guard stepped up to the plate with funding approved by the J3
Operations office.