CAMP EDWARDS, Mass.
- Staff Sgt. Corey R. Choruzek, squad leader, 1st Battalion, 181st Infantry Regiment, pulled the pin on the resurrection of pyrotechnic training here when he demonstrated the new M1161A1 hand grenade simulator, March 19, 2010.
The demonstration took place at Tactical Training Base Kelly and was the first time in more than 12 years that pyrotechnics have been used on Camp Edwards. Witnessing the display were FOX News correspondent Molly Line, Brig. Gen Sellars, Land Component Commander, Massachusetts Army Guard and Col. Francis M. McGinn, Post Commander.
The event proved the M1161A1 has a loud report and flash that comes close to replicating the real thing.
“It is important to use these in training, it provides more realistic combat training” stated Staff Sgt. Choruzek.
In May of 1997 in an effort to protect the sole source Cape Cod, aquifer the Environmental Protection Agency suspended the use of all pyrotechnics at or near the training range and impact area.
The EPA authorized, in a letter addressed to McGinn, the limited use of the M116A1 for a two-year period, March 24, 2010.
The Massachusetts Army National Guard will be the first organization to use these new devices.
The EPA press release detailing the authorization of pyrotechnics is available here.