Congressional staffers train at Fort Polk

Twenty-three Congressional Delegates recently visited Fort Polk, Louisiana, to watch soldiers demonstrate how they use their equipment in training and on missions.

At Fort Polk, the delegates met with the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and Operations Group, who displayed the equipment they use during Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Force missions and deployment readiness training, according to

"They were highly motivated," Staff Sgt. Jacob Sprawl, operations NCO for 1st MEB, said, reports. "The majority performed exceptionally well under adverse conditions."

The staffers did more than watch. The majority participated in training exercises.

"We crawled [under] barred wire, getting dirty, jumping, spinning, you name it," Elisabeth Perry of Casper, Wyoming, said, reports. "I feel good this has been the best thing I could have done for my job so far. It was a great experience. This is not something you can do around Washington, unless you try real hard to find obstacles like this. I feel challenged."

Headquarters Company, 1st MEB, led the obstacle course. After demonstrating each obstacle, staff members were pushed through every stage of the training. They then ate with the soldiers they trained with. The staffers said they enjoyed having the chance to meet and get to know the soldiers.