Clipped From Redlands Daily Facts
Company C Back From Successful Desert Camp The some 80 members of the Rediands National Guard Unit have returned from what officers term a "highly successful" training session which included run ner-up honors for the Adjutant General's trophy. This trophy is awarded to the outstanding unit of the 18 attending the training camp which was held at Camp Irwin this year. First Lt. Thomas E. Hall, com manding officer of the Rediands unit, stated today that the com pany earned an overall rating of 93.89 per cent for the two weeks. He said the rating was determined by averaging ratings on all phases of training and operations performed by the company. These included motor marches, military courtesy, discipline, food service, basic unit training, individual training, command and su pervision, vehicle maintenance and operations and weapons qualification. Lt. Hall stated that "I had per cent cooperation from the entire company in every mission we had. It was by far the most satisfactory field training period I have ever attended. All members of the unit deserve much praise for their contributions to the company's performance." During the two-week session, which ended this weekend, Company C was equipped with eight of the latest in full tracked personnel carriers, the M-59, which they learned to operate after arrival at Camp Irwin. Utilizing these vehicles, the Redlands unit led the battalion on a 15-mile cross country movement to an isolated area for a five- day bivouac. During this period, a night patrol led by M-Sgt. John Pace and Sgt. Wesley Vernon, both of Rediands, captured the commander of an aggressor force which earned them a superior rating by the regular army evaluators. Co. C also gained many superior ratings for its food service provided to the unit by Sgt. Joe Salazar and his kitchen personnel, both in the field and in garrison. Lt. Donald Jones led a successful night attack which was unique in that the rifle platoon was carried cross country in personnel carriers using infra-red driving lights. Officers said they believe Co. C was the only unit successful in using these lights in actual operation. Another highlight of the session was a mounted daylight attack led by Lt. Richard Kidd in which all personnel fired live ammunition. The .mortar platoon, trained by Sgt. Carlos Herrera. Sn-4 Guillen and Sp-r Mullenix supported the attack as did the machine gun teams led by Sfc Frederick Vena- gas. Communications equipment and networks were provided by the communications personnel led by Pfc Ronald Murdock. The company motor section led by Sfc William Thomas and Sfc William Anderson drove and maintained both the tracked and wheeled vehicles. Personnel and administrative matters were handled by master sergeants Dave Dominguez and Salvadore Tedesco.