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Guard unit trains on convoy attacks, medical evacuation

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A unit with the South Dakota Army National Guard endured combat-like conditions to respond to convoy attacks and medical evacuation procedures as part of its training.

The 740th Transportation Company, of Milbank and Aberdeen, went through a circuit of training procedures August 4. The training was to call in medical evacuation, properly secure a casualty on a litter and safely approach a medical evacuation helicopter to load the casualties.

"I wanted to have some challenging, real-world training," said Capt. Jeremy Schafer, 740th commander. "Having several events lined up that built on each other."

The soldiers also conducted convoy lanes training in which they drove through different scenarios made on gravel roads involving small arms fire, removing road blocks and improvised explosive devices.

Some 740th Soldiers acted as enemies while others drove their M915 tractors through the convoy lanes.

"Lanes training is a good test of our driving skills, shooting skills and alertness of the surrounding area," said Spc. Steve Spors, heavy vehicle driver. "It gives us realistic training to prepare for a possible deployment."

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