Joint Readiness Training Center Holds Commemorative Event

The U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center at Ft. Johnson held a 30th Anniversary Commemoration of the Shughart-Gordon MOUT facility (Mobile Operation on Urban Terrain) Tuesday, October 3. The Shughart-Gordon MOUT is the Army’s premier training facility, and the ceremony reflected on the namesakes of the facility.
Sergeant First Class Randall Shughart and Master Sergeant Gary Gordon were members of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. On October 3, 1993, they were involved in heavy fighting. They volunteered to insert into a helicopter crash site to assist survivors. They were facing an overwhelming hostile force with no replacements in sight. They fought until they were out of ammunition and were fatally wounded, both receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor for their gallantry and sacrifice.
Colonel Matthew J Hardman, Commander of the JRTC’s Operations Group, introduced the guest speaker for the event. Command Sergeant Major Michael D. Hall of the Ops Group spoke of the pride and sacrifice displayed by the soldiers on that day. He urged those assembled to remember the sacrifices needed to keep a country free. Following his remarks CSM Hall and Col. Hardman presented a wreath for the fallen soldiers. The ceremony ended with the solemn playing of Taps.
The Shughart-Gordon MOUT complex includes 29 buildings and an underground tunnel complex. It incorporates pop-up, and swing out targets, smoke effects, an observation tower as well as “role players” to enhance realism. There is no more realistic urban terrain training anywhere in the U.S.Army.