On February 18, 2021 the Cadets from the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program conducted its Squad Attack Leadership Lab at the Cheney Waterworks property.
The MS-III Class, which is comprised of Junior level students, led the squads during the training because they are preparing to attend Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky within the next 5-6 months. Providing as realistic training as possible to prepare them for camp is extremely important since passing Advanced Camp is a mandatory requirement for all Cadets who want to commission as an officer in the U.S. Army after graduation.
For the Squad Attack training each squad leader knew the exact location of the objective where the Opposing Force (OPFOR) role players would be located. Once the Squad Leader finished their planning and rehearsals, they would lead their squad near the OPFOR’s location and set up their support by fire and assaulting element. Once the Squad Leader initiated the fight, the support by fire element would fire on the enemy while the assaulting element would go through the objective to clear it. After securing the objective the Cadets would then search the area and the OPFOR for any intelligence information before leaving the area and reporting what they found.
The snow and cold from the Eastern Washington winter added additional challenge to the Leadership Lab training, but our Cadets showed how Eagle Strong they are by staying motivated and conducting some excellent training.
Go Fighting Eags!
Note: You can see more pictures from this Leadership Lab on our EWU Army ROTC Flickr Page.