Local soldier completes training

Published 9:52 pm Saturday, December 5, 2009

Army Reserve 1st Lt. Brandon L. Woody completed pre-deployment training at Fort McCoy, Sparta, Wis., in preparation for a subsequent deployment to Afghanistan to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The solider is a member of the 372nd Engineer Brigade, a Reserve unit based at Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minn.

During the extensive training, the reservists received equipment training and learned procedures and warfighting skills required to successfully complete operational mission objectives while deployed.

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The soldiers trained in a field environment and participated in realistic situational scenarios, traveled in convoys, and encountered role players on the battlefield portraying opposing forces.

In Afghanistan, the 372nd Engineer Brigade will have command and control of several battalions with missions to build bridges and construct and clear roads. Their main mission is to train Afghan soldiers in engineering skills to improve the self-governance capabilities of their nation.

Woody, a strength management officer, has 10 years of military service.

He is the son of Ronald G. Woody of South Point, and Dorothy Mount of Route Two, Ona, W.Va.

The lieutenant attended the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from Concordia University, St. Paul.