GLENVILLE, N.Y. - The soldiers of the Army National Guard based out in Glenville specialize in handling mines and explosives, and this weekend they are putting their skills to the test.
“We consistently send people all over the world to expand their training. We've been to Puerto Rico, Germany, South America,” said 1st Sgt. Kevin Conklin, 1108th Ordnance Company.
However this time, 25 soldiers will be heading north to Goosebay, Ontario.
“Our job is one of those that has a constant real world mission. We can never really put our feet up and coast on what we've done previously. We have to continuously train for that next threat,” explained 1st Sgt. Conklin.
Their next mission will be to help Canadian Forces remove and clear old bombs and ammunition from a former Canadian Army weapons range.
There are 30 years of bombs dropped at the testing ground by NATO countries. Sgt. Conklin says the soldiers are going to use their basic skills on this mission, but they're trained to handle improvised explosive devices or IEDs to nuclear weapons.
“It's more of a refresher for us. It's something we've done numerous times. But we've been recently transitioned our focus from combat towards resetting on skills that we haven't had time to train for,” he said.
The soldiers will be handling close to 6,000 pounds of unexploded bombs. There's a lot of work to be done and they'll be there for up to two weeks.