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Light Medium Tactical Vehicle Joint Training

JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Mass. — Seven Army Guardsmen trained 12 Air Guardsmen on the maintenance and operation of the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle in the third joint class held March 16 to 20 here.


Sgt. 1st Class John Desrosiers, the non-commissioned officer in charge, lead six Soldiers from the 1166th Transportation Company in Worcester instructing the 12 Air Guardsmen from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield during their training.


“This is outstanding training for us to get to help the commonwealth during domestic operations,” said Air Force Col. Anne Ware, the mission support group commander at Barnes Air National Guard Base.


Ware observed the Air Guardsmen changing a tire and went on a convoy ride to see the skills the Air Guardsmen have gained while training.


The comprehensive training covered paperwork, preventative maintenance checks, driving on the road, driving off road, practicing driving skills, driving at night, and changing a tire. The off road convoy occurred on a dirt road narrowed by the snow and covered in patches of ice.


“The instruction here was clear,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Valdemar Johnson, the class leader. “They went over paperwork, maintenance, and operation of the vehicles. Just like getting your driver’s license, but with the Army flavor.”


“We learned from different instructors experiences and they made it palatable for use so we could digest it,” said Valdemar.


The Soldiers instructing the class have a wealth of experience to share with the Airmen. The Soldiers present have full time experience ranging from over the road trucker, truck driver, engineer, mechanic, and college students pursuing their degrees.


“I think it is great that the Air Force has the opportunity to get behind one of these trucks,” said Air Force Senior Airman Justin Bonner. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to become more versatile and add classifications to my license. The instructors are patient and excel at transferring their knowledge to us.”


Some of the instructors present during this course have attended each course since the first class in August 2014.


“It has been nice to see the training progress with each class,” said Army Guard Sgt. Nicole Catanzaro, who is one of the instructors who has been involved since the first class. “Next it would be great to see the training implemented in a real world situation.”


This course continues to progress and grow with each session.


“After only three classes I feel like it has become smoother and everyone is more comfortable with the joint training environment,” Desrosiers said. “The best feeling is when the students don’t need you anymore. That is when you know you have done your job well.”


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Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major


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