By Sgt. James Geelen | 4th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — New drivers, especially to military vehicles, must learn to drive in all conditions. Driving at night has risk factors including difficulty in seeing other vehicles, animals or people.
To help new drivers trust themselves and their equipment, the Soldiers of 32nd Composite Truck Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, conducted day and nighttime drivers training June 1-5, 2020. The training also recertified experienced drivers to keep their skills sharp.
“This training helps the Soldiers to become familiar with their (night vision goggles),” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Pilmore, platoon sergeant, 32nd CTC, 68th CSSB, 4th SB. “It helps to build their confidence while they’re driving the vehicles in convoys whether it’s at (National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California), on deployment or at Fort Carson.”
Some individuals have trouble with depth perception at night.
“Staff Sgt. Pilmore gave all the Soldiers a class helping them to understand the correlation between the rear black-out lights and how close that vehicle is,” said 1st Lt. Jeno Bourne, platoon leader, 32nd CTC, 68th CSSB, 4th SB, 4th Inf. Div. “We conduct this training periodically to help with the influx of new Soldiers, and because operating big vehicles at night is a perishable skill.”
Vehicular operations are a primary function of a composite truck company.
“Our Soldiers have to know how to get from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ in a safe and timely manner, because other units are depending on us for support,” Pilmore said. “Whether we’re moving troops, supplies or providing gun trucks, our Soldiers must be experts at convoy driving during daylight and low visibility.”
The training helped the Soldiers of 32nd CTC prepare for future missions with the 4th Inf. Div.
“This training is very valuable because you never know when you’re going to be put into that spot at NTC, there’s a lot of nighttime missions there,” Bourne said. “We would like our Soldiers to be ready, willing and able to handle anything that may come up at NTC or here at Fort Carson during any training exercise.”