Public Affairs Office Media Release
For Immediate Release Contact: Tripler Public Affairs Office, 808-433-5785
Combined Task Training hones
battlefield skills of Tripler Soldiers
by Les Ozawa
Ridgeway and a
cadre of about two dozen Tripler Soldiers deployed camouflaged tents on the
slope below Tripler during the week of April 25. The previous CTT last October trained about
800 Soldiers assigned to Tripler. This time, about 200 Soldiers who had not yet
fully met their annual CTT requirements were expected spend several hours making
their way through the six CTT stations. Tripler also makes the training
available to other
“Last year, the Army did a big change to CTT,” said Ridgeway. “They added some additional tasks, like how to react to an IED (Improvised Explosive Device), EPW (Enemy Prisoner of War) and added SAW (Squad-Level Automatic Weapon).” While civilian eyes may glaze over this alphabet-soup terminology, each Army-mandated Common Task is a well-focused training window based on lessons learned from today’s battlefields.
One new addition to the CTT is “Current Operations,” which trains Soldiers on how to identify an IED. It also requires Soldiers to role-play how to control entry and exit from a restricted area, including conducting a vehicle search, and reviewing how to interact with the media.
“A lot of us
have been to
“Training this year is more realistic than it was last year,” said Spc. Deidre Zapata, after she had worked her way through the last CTT training station designed for medical personnel. Zapata and Spc. Warren Frazier, who both work in the Pediatric Clinic, and Pfc. Kristen Elminger of the Medical Oncology Clinic, had just been walked through the procedure of removing a possible spinal injury victim from the driver’s seat of a truck.