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In the most Northwestern region of South Korea, among the rice fields near the DMZ, is Nightmare Range. It is in this place, near the city of Pocheon, that Soldiers are honing a critical combat skill.

The 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 501st Special Troops Battalion and elements of the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command participated in a convoy life fire exercise, or CLFX, at Nightmare Range, South Korea May 4, 2011.

While driving through a closed course, Soldiers had to react to small-arms fire, treat wounded personnel, request medical evacuation support and stay vigilant for possible improvised explosive devices.

The 498th CSSB, which hosted the CLFX, made sure training was as realistic as possible for participants. The training incorporated a Boeing AH-64 Apache and a Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter for close-air support and medical evacuations.

With narrow road ways, multiple road intersections and scenarios based from real experiences, Soldiers had their skills put to the test. Moving on the roadways with the scenarios forced Soldiers to create new ways to react to possible real life situations.

Command Sgt. Maj. Stuart Case, 498th CSSB command sergeant major, said he felt the training went well and was glad that Soldiers got a chance to exercise drills that are paramount to combat success.

Source: Sgt. Daniel Wallace for Army.mil.

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