scout platoon from the 1st Battalion, 508
Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conducted high risk personnel training, Oct. 17 through Oct. 24, at various locations throughout Fort Bragg.
The training was to prepare the paratroopers to perform duties as a personal security detail for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan this winter.
HRP training is an eight-day course, taught by Department of Defense civilians and Soldiers, to train units deploying as personal security details. Training covers proper vehicle maneuvers, transportation techniques, weapon transitions and movements as well as how to provide surveillance for high visibility personnel who could potentially be targeted by terrorists or criminal organizations.
The course of instruction uses a two-fold approach. The civilian employees and Soldiers work together to provide optimal security training.
“The civilians are the key; they are the continuity piece,” said Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Coughlin, an instructor for the HRP training. Civilian employees are constant and provide a foundation for the course. He added that Soldiers, like himself, who have recently deployed are included as short-term instructors to offer up-to-date information on scenarios troops may encounter.
The selection of a whole scout platoon for a PSD mission is unique. Their upcoming missions’ objectives differ from those they held while operating as a scout platoon.
As scouts, the platoon’s objective was to seek out the enemy. Scouts observe the enemy’s habits, routines and capabilities and report the information they obtain to their commander in order to make informed decisions regarding the mission.
During the deployment, the platoon is scheduled to carry out two very important missions.
According to Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Gilmer, the scout platoon sergeant, their primary mission is to provide personal security for the personnel they are assigned to protect. Their secondary mission is safely transporting high risk personnel throughout the areas of operation.
To accomplish the platoon’s mission, Gilmer plans to incorporate the security tactics and procedures he learned during HRP training into his platoon’s future training.