PHOTOS: Stressful Day on the Firing Range

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By John Crosby, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs

Servicemembers of a Provincial Reconstruction Team prepare in the early morning hours for mobilization training.
Servicemembers of a Provincial Reconstruction Team prepare in the early morning hours for mobilization training.

Servicemembers of a Provincial Reconstruction Team prepare in the early morning hours of Aug. 24 for mobilization training at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana. The PRT is made up of Air Force and active-duty Army, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and is training to deploy to the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan, near Kabul, to help rebuilding efforts. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Staff Sgt. Cody Wooten, platoon sergeant, gives the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team instructions and a safety brief before the unit conducts range training.
Staff Sgt. Cody Wooten, platoon sergeant, gives the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team instructions and a safety brief before the unit conducts range training.

Staff Sgt. Cody Wooten, platoon sergeant of the Camp Atterbury Range Training Team, gives the Kapisa Provincial Reconstruction Team instructions and a safety brief before the unit conducts range training during the early morning hours of Aug. 24 at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana. The PRT is made up of Air Force and active-duty Army, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and is training to deploy to the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan, near Kabul, to help rebuilding efforts. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Soldier and Airmen of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa sprint 500 meters across a range at Camp Atterbury.
Soldier and Airmen of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa sprint 500 meters across a range at Camp Atterbury.

Soldier and Airmen of Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa sprint 500 meters across a range at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana at dawn. The range is part of the “Stress Fire” lane training aimed at giving troops an opportunity to fire their weapons at fixed targets with elevated heartbeats under a stressful situation, preparing them for deployment to a combat zone. The PRT is training to deploy to the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan to engage in rebuilding efforts there. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Pfc. Andrew Williams, a grenadier in Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa reaches for a magazine for his M4 assault rifle with M203 grenade launcher.
Pfc. Andrew Williams, a grenadier in Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa reaches for a magazine for his M4 assault rifle with M203 grenade launcher.

Pfc. Andrew Williams, a native of Pomona, Calif., and grenadier in Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa reaches for a magazine for his M4 assault rifle with M203 grenade launcher at the “Stress Fire” range at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana during the early morning hours of Aug. 24. The stress fire range provides a physically demanding and mentally stressful atmosphere to give troops experience in firing their weapons under these conditions, in effort aimed at preparing them for deployment to a combat zone. The PRT is training to deploy to the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan to engage in rebuilding efforts there. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Soldiers and Airmen fire their weapons together on the stress fire range at Camp Atterbury.
Soldiers and Airmen fire their weapons together on the stress fire range at Camp Atterbury.

Soldiers and Airmen fire their weapons together on the “stress fire” range at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana at dawn. “Stress Fire” gives troops an opportunity to fire their weapons after tactically sprinting 500 meters to their targets, elevating heartbeats as they engage, preparing them for deployment to a combat zone. The PRT is training to deploy to the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan to engage in rebuilding efforts there. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Soldiers and Airmen of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa engage targets on the Stress Fire range at Camp Atterbury.
Soldiers and Airmen of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa engage targets on the Stress Fire range at Camp Atterbury.

Soldiers and Airmen of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa engage targets on the “Stress Fire” range at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana at dawn. The range is intended to give servicemembers an opportunity to engage targets under physically demanding and mentally stressful situations by combining a 500 meter tactical sprint and cadre addressing servicemembers with words of “motivational” inspiration. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

Air Force Capt. Timothy Lundberg, an information officer for Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, clears his M4 assault rifle.
Air Force Capt. Timothy Lundberg, an information officer for Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, clears his M4 assault rifle.

Air Force Capt. Timothy Lundberg of Ludington, Mich., and information officer for Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, clears his M4 assault rifle as he exits the “Stress Fire” range at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana the early morning of Aug. 24. The “Stress Fire” range is meant to create a controlled environment for servicemembers to fire their weapons at targets under a stressful environment. To complete the range, servicemembers tactically sprint 500 meters to their targets, load their weapons and engage with elevated heartbeats and heavy breathing. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

A Soldier of the Camp Atterbury Range Training Team watches as an Airman to his left and a Soldier to his right engage targets on the Stress Fire range at Camp Atterbury.
A Soldier of the Camp Atterbury Range Training Team watches as an Airman to his left and a Soldier to his right engage targets on the Stress Fire range at Camp Atterbury.

A Soldier of the Camp Atterbury Range Training Team watches as an Airman to his left and a Soldier to his right engage targets on the “Stress Fire” range at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, at dawn. The Soldier and Airman are part of joint unit Provincial Reconstruction Team Kapisa, currently training at Camp Atterbury for deployment to Afghanistan for rebuilding efforts. The “Stress Fire” lane provides the servicemembers with the chance to fire their weapons after tactically sprinting 500 meters, leaving them with an elevated heart rate and out of breath as they fire on their targets, preparing them for deployment to a combat zone. (U.S. Army photo by John Crosby)

By John Crosby, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs