Behind-the-scenes look at Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site

Fort Carson Training at Pinon Canyon

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Fort Carson soldiers will spend the next few weeks training at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado. It's a training facility they visit only a few times a year to prepare for deployment.

"We're conducting our first brigade-level live exercise. We have over 4,000 soldiers on the ground here. They come predominately from Fort Carson but we also, we have forces from Fort Sill, Fort Bragg and Fort Hood Texas," said Col. Curtis Taylor, a brigade commander.

Some soldiers arrived in a UH-60 Black Hawk.

"We're excited. We're ready to go," said Edward Driscoll, a section chief.

Other soldiers drove in their equipment for miles or sent it on a railway.

"We got here two days ago and we'll be here till early May," said Kyle Willis, a second lieutenant.

Soldiers brought more than 1,000 military vehicles, from artillery to tanks, and they're able to synchronize all of their equipment like an orchestra.

The open area gives Fort Carson soldiers not only more room but the ability to fight and train as a brigade combat team, which is something they're not able to do at Fort Carson.

"There's only a few places in the country where we can do that, is, Piñon Canyon is one of those," Taylor said.

Soldiers train against each other in different scenarios. It's one of their biggest drills at one of their biggest sites.

"It's nice to be able to get out and maneuver on such a wide area of land," said Sgt. William Berry, a squad leader.

The training prepares soldiers for any possible mission.

"I'm an infantry officer.  We use motor vehicles like this one, attack helicopters, artillery, basically, everything we'd want to use during a deployment fight," said Matthew Janeczko, a platoon leader.

Once soldiers complete training at Piñon Canyon, they'll head to the national training center in California in June.


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