New York Army National Guard Engineers Conduct Convoy Training in Saranac Lake Area

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SARANAC LAKE (03/07/2013)(readMedia)-- The New York National Guard's 1156th Engineer Company will be conducting convoy training in the Saranac Lake area on Friday, March 8, using the New York State Armory here as a base.

Local residents may see military convoys of five and ten ton military dump trucks operating in the area on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The Soldiers will not be carrying weapons.

The company is based in Kingston and at the Camp Smith Training Site north of Peekskill.

The change of location allows the company's 120 Soldiers to train in a new area and also allows the company to attend a bobsled race at the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsled course, said Capt. Daniel Colomb, the company commander. The company will conduct recruiting events at the course, he explained.

The convoy training will allow the combat engineers to hone their skills in driving, the five and ten-ton dump trucks they have recently been equipped with, tactical communications, vehicle recovery operations, and platoon level planning and operations rehearsals, Colomb said.

The company's headquarters elements will train on tracking subordinate unit movements, preparing and issuing orders, and communications procedures.

The Soldiers will begin their training by conducting weapons qualification at Camp Smith Training Site on Thursday, March 7, and then conduct a long-distance convoy up the New York State Thruway and Northway on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon each platoon will conduct a separate mission in the Saranac Lake region.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Training operations on Friday can be covered. Call Capt. Daniel Colomb at 518.337.6277 for access.