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Ammo platoon: The unsung heroes

FORT SILL, Okla._The ammo platoon from the service battery detachment, 434th Field Artillery Brigade is a vital part of training and they deliver between 300,000 and 500,000 rounds every week to Fort Sill soldiers in basic training.

The seventeen soldiers in the platoon have to know everything about ammunition, from ordering and delivery to picking up and handling the used rounds.The boxes of ammunition are approximately 40 pounds and are packed full of live grenades, dropped off by the unsung heroes of Fort Sill who are the backbone of training. While some are asleep, the ammo platoon is already hard at work.

The behind-the-scenes job is tough. Appreciation is seldom given and long hours aren’t unusual either. There are only a few days a week where they may get home before dark.

"Start off at 530, 6:30 in the morning and then you can go all the way up to, like last night, midnight," explained Specialist Luciano Baltran.

They do what many consider is the backbone of Army training and the work is close to back breaking. Sergeant Keith Rodriguez says the work is constant and doesn't stop till the training stops.

"It's a lot of loading trucks up and unloading and having to hand carry all of the ammo," said Sgt. Rodriguez.

That's OK with these soldiers who love their job and do it with a smile.

"I think the soldiers do it with a smile on their face because they realize the impact they have, the big picture," said Sgt. 1st Class Jamari Hood. "Without us you can't do the training, you need the ammo, so I would say we are pretty important."

Their work is done here but the job isn't over, time to pick up more ammo, move to the next range, it's all in a days work

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