‘Bulldawg’ force protection fit to fight
1st Lt. Brant Crandall,
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Bravo Battery “Bulldawgs,” 5th Battalion, 52nd Air Missile Defense, 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, conducted three different force protection validation tests to prove their ability to protect the Bulldawgs Patriot missile site.
There were three different portions of the force protection validation test. The tests given were a general force protection knowledge test, a daytime force protection battle drills test and a night time force protection battle drills test. Each portion of the validation test was evaluated by graders assigned by the Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Wayne Woods.
Sgt. Michael Steinbeisser, the Bulldawg Force Protection noncommissioned officer-in-charge, spent the previous weeks training specifically for the upcoming validation test.
“We focused on training on the battle drills until the Soldiers were confident enough to perform the force protection drills as a second nature reaction,” said Steinbeisser.
The Soldiers were motivated during the validation tests and performed extremely well under the scenarios they were evaluated on, receiving accolades from their evaluators.
“Having the force protection team protecting our site allows the tactical crews, mechanics, and supporting personnel to come to work and carry out the mission safely on a daily basis. When you break any mission down, site security is priority number one,” said 1st Lt. Joseph Spracklen, the headquarters platoon leader.
The Bulldawgs were 5th Bn., 52nd AMD’s first force protection team to complete the validation tests, and their efforts in training and preparation were acknowledged throughout the entire unit.
“Our mission is to protect the airspace, and our force protection team protects us. This base sleeps safe at night knowing that we are here, and we sleep safe knowing our guards are here protecting us,” said Spracklen.
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