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JTAGS reinforces Soldiers' combat tactics training

U.S. Soldiers with the Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station, halt during a tactical exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. Members worked in two separate teams, alpha and bravo. They were tasked with an objective to secure an area while under fire as well as maintaining communication among each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Soldiers with the Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station, halt during a tactical exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. Members worked in two separate teams, alpha and bravo. Their objective was to secure an area while under fire as well as maintain communication amongst each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Army Capt. Lee Schroeder, left, the Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station commander, instructs Sgt. Kevin Stanewicz, right, a JTAGS engagement control team leader, during tactical training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. Each team member took turns playing different roles, such as team leaders and lookout positions, in combat formations so each member acquainted themselves with each role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Army Capt. Lee Schroeder, left, the Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station commander, instructs Sgt. Kevin Stanewicz, right, a JTAGS engagement control team leader, during tactical training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. Each team member took turns playing different roles, such as team leaders and lookout positions, in combat formations in order to acquaint themselves with each role. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Stanewicz, a Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station engagement control team leader, scans the area with a paintball gun during tactical training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. While some members rendezvoused to share information, others stood guard and watched for enemy movement. They used paintball guns to simulate live fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Stanewicz, a Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station engagement control team leader, scans the area with a paintball gun during tactical training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. While some members rendezvoused to share information, others stood guard and watched for enemy movement. They used paintball guns to simulate live fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wylie Nicholas, a Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station engagement control team leader, provides cover for his teammates while they flank simulated enemy troops at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. After many practices, Soldiers tested their strategy to secure the objective during a paintball round against opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Wylie Nicholas, a Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactic Army Ground Station engagement control team leader, provides cover for his teammates while they flank simulated enemy troops at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 24, 2017. After many practices, Soldiers tested their strategy to secure the objective during a paintball round against opposing forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sadie Colbert)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

On an overcast day, U.S. Soldiers creep through trees and foliage with faint noises of cracking twigs under each step. All of a sudden, an explosion goes off and the team readies themselves for tactical combat and mission execution.

Delta Detachment, 1st Space Company, Joint Tactical Ground Station personnel practiced their combat tactics on Misawa’s paintball fields, May 24, ensuring readiness for any situation that comes their way.

The Soldiers' spouses were also able to join in to experience what their service members endure on the job.

“Although their primary duty is not with infantrymen, they still need to know how to fight like one,” said U.S. Army Capt. Lee Schroeder, the JTAGS commander. “I have finite amount of time to train them and bottom line, no matter where you work or what branch you’re in, there is always a chance to use this training in a deployed location.”

During the training, Soldiers worked on techniques for react-to-contact and indirect fire situations.

React-to-contact occurs when opposing forces ambush friendly forces and combat ensues; Soldiers respond with suppressing fire to regain control of the field. Indirect fire techniques follow when it is generally safe to presume the enemy will call for backup, and artillery rounds are sent.

“Not only does this training meet our annual requirements, it also reinforces our basic skills that every Soldier and officer should know,” Schroeder said.

The unit used smoke grenades and trip flares this year, which is something normally simulated.

“I feel really good about the training,” said U.S. Army Private Fabien Juarez, a JTAGS operator. “This is my first unit and getting this type of experience to implement into our future missions is awesome to me.”

Juarez added he is thankful for his leadership here in Misawa, because they ensure their spouses are involved to give them a better understanding of their service members’ roles.

“They don’t get to go through basic training with their spouse,” Schroeder said. “It’s unique for the spouses to have an opportunity to see and actually be a part of what their husbands or wives go through.”

Schroeder said every bit of training they do is crucial to their operations.

“An important concept of this training is it builds a team,” Schroeder said. “When they go out into combat they will be ready to execute the mission.”