In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, IVMF and OVMA employees experienced Operation Lightning Strike at Griffiss Technology Park in Rome on May 20. The 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the New York Army National Guard and other units conducted this military exercise to establish Intermediate Staging Bases for training, which served as the final dress rehearsal exercise before the soldiers head to the Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana in July.
Employees learned what the soldiers do during these training exercises and had to complete missions of their own in their respective squads. Exercises included how to read a compass, how to identify terrain features on a map and much more. Employees learned about the military rank structure and the Army values, and had MREs for lunch. Overall, it was a great learning experience and a fun team building exercise!
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