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Bragg troops practice escaping from flipped vehicle

Posted October 4, 2011

— Members of Fort Bragg's 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade spent time at the Transit Center at Manas training center in Kyrgyzstan Tuesday learning how to escape from a rolled-over vehicle.

Soldiers got into a vehicle simulator, which slowly rolled them over onto the vehicle's roof. Through the chaos and confusion, the troops then learned how to get out quickly and safely.

"It’s better to practice it and know what you’re doing than panic and get hurt," said Spc. Kenneth Maxson.

Vehicle rollovers happen all too often in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. Homemade bombs or driver error, such as speeding or over-correcting, are usually to blame for vehicle roll-over crashes that sometimes have deadly consequences.

For the Fort Bragg troops, getting out of a rolled vehicle must become second nature for the drill to have real, life-saving benefits.

“I think people got excited and tried to go too fast and had trouble with their belts, but I think (the training) helped out a lot so we could figure it out," said 1st Sgt. Daniel Moesch.

Soldiers wear full protective gear, including a vest that can weigh up to 40 pounds. The vests now come with a ripcord. When pulled, the vest quickly falls off, making it easier for the soldier to get out of a rolled vehicle, particularly if the vehicle rolls over into water.

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The troops arrived in Kyrgyzstan Monday after a 25-hour trip. They left for Bagram Air Base, near Kabul, Afghanistan, around midnight Tuesday their time, or about 2 p.m. ET.

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  • airborne nurse Oct 5, 2011

    Been doing rollover training for years. Very good training !

  • panteraachickk1111 Oct 4, 2011

    The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade is a great aviation unit and their soldiers are very proud to be part of this mission. I think it’s awesome that WRAL is doing a story on this unit. I know some of the soldiers in 82nd CAB and they are a great group of soldiers. 1Sgt Moesch is a great 1Sgt and takes care of his soldiers. Be safe 82nd CAB and we support you guys!!!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 4, 2011

    trainloadr -

    Thank you for your service.

  • Wingnut Central Oct 4, 2011

    Is the flipped vehicle a metaphor for Operation Iraqi Freedom?

  • trainloadr Oct 4, 2011

    Camp Butner has had this for a few years (2008)now and trained many many soldiers. As a matter of fact we have a number of great training aides that are high tech at Camp Butner. Maybe WRAL you could go to Camp Butner and just see how great a training facility it is there for our National Guard Soldiers. We also train Army Reserve, Marine Reserve, ROTC and a gambit of civilian law enforcement. We are a diamond in the rough and what I think is the best training facility anywhere of its size. Be glad to show anyone around - I happen to be the CSM there. We also have one of the few 1000 yard known distance ranges on the east coast. We are very proud of being the NCARNG and proud of what we have accomplished.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 4, 2011

    SSG - "This is news? The NCNG has the same equipment at Camp Butner and it is used on a regular and on going basis. This story makes as much sense as reporting on some random unit's rifle qualification fire. The media really is wholly clueless about anything and everything military."

    It's news to some of us.

    Plus sharing this educates the public about the military, something many members of the public are sorely lacking in.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 4, 2011

    ""It’s better to practice it and know what you’re doing than panic and get hurt," said Spc. Kenneth Maxson."

    AMEN!!!

    Plus, this is a skill they can carry on to civilian life.

    Hopefully they will pass this on to others, both in the military and outside of it.

  • SSGNCNG Oct 4, 2011

    This is news? The NCNG has the same equipment at Camp Butner and it is used on a regular and on going basis. This story makes as much sense as reporting on some random unit's rifle qualification fire. The media really is wholly clueless about anything and everything military.