Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Smith
50th PAD
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Smith, Left: Spc. William Gartner, points to a written coordinate as Pfc. Benjamin Jackson, both with HHBN,  3rd ID, helps to find the coordinate point on a military map, Feb. 20 on Fort Stewart.

Soldiers exercise basic land navigation skills

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division traveled through swampy water, much of what was up to knee-deep depth, during a land navigation training event Feb. 20 at Fort Stewart.
Despite the wet conditions at the training area, which also saw a steady rain development as the day progressed, Soldiers remained steadfast at learning the terrain and finding their points.
“I’m learning how to trek through swamps and find all my points,” said Spc. William Gartner, a Soldier assigned to HHBN.
Gartner’s experience fit the training’s objective, which according to organizers, was to familiarize Soldiers to map reading and land navigation. The battalion’s leadership said the training is important, because when organized challenges like the Army’s Best Warrior or Expert Soldier Badge events roll around, Soldiers will be prepared and ready to compete.
The event was hosted by HHBN’s Signal Intelligence Sustainment Company, with Staff Sgt. Aaron Terry of SIS Co. serving as the noncommissioned officer in charge. Sgt. Robert Hamner, also with SIS Co., helped with training by giving a class on map reading and plotting points on a map.
Terry said the training was good for Soldiers because map reading and land navigation are perishable skills. He also noted it was good for his Soldiers to get out of the office for a day and polish up on basic Soldier skills.
“The Soldiers here today are learning how to get around an area and gain confidence in knowing where they are on a map,” said Terry.
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Tabas, with SIS Co., who participated in the land navigation training said the training was good for Soldiers, because it gives them confidence that they can self-correct if they find themselves getting lost.
“It’s good for Soldiers, because they can hone in on those Soldier skills that some of them haven’t learned since basic training,” said Tabas