25th CAB challenges units to refine, improve communication skills

| September 29, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Soldiers from 25th CAB, 25th ID, keep a watchful eye through close-quarters training during the CTE at PTA, recently. (Photos Courtesy of 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from 25th CAB, 25th ID, keep a watchful eye through close-quarters training during the CTE at PTA, recently. (Photos Courtesy of 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Daniel Schroeder
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — In preparation for an upcoming deployment, Soldiers recently trained on mission-critical tasks to increase their mission readiness.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a culminating training event, or CTE, that had aviation task forces operating in four different training locations, simulating the distributed operational environment in Afghanistan.

These locations included Fort Carson, Colo.; the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.; Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island, and here.

“The CTE provided the brigade and its subordinate units an opportunity to solve tough, realistic problem sets that we will face in Afghanistan,” said Col. Frank Tate, commander, 25th CAB. “The units were challenged to refine systems and products, which improved the communication throughout the brigade, ultimately resulting in a more detailed decision-making process that will save lives and resources downrange.”

To make the CTE more realistic while here, 25th CAB transformed local training areas to resemble the operating environment in Afghanistan. To accomplish this scenario, 25th CAB requested assistance from other units on Schofield Barracks. These units provided Soldiers to serve as civilians, opposing forces and media on the battlefield.

“The exercise control cell did a great job of keeping the brigade on its toes,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Pete Mansoor, tactical operations and special projects officer, 25th CAB. “We had the ability during this training to place civilians, vehicles and clutter on the battlefield to allow for a more realistic training environment.”

For the 25th CAB to receive guidance on areas needing improvement, observer controllers, or OCs, were on location to evaluate task forces on mission planning and execution.

“The OCs were sent out to the training locations to monitor, evaluate and mentor the task forces during both the situational training exercise lanes and full-spectrum aviation operations,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joe Roland, standards officer, 25th CAB. “The OCs placed subject matter experts throughout each task force to monitor how the units operated.”

During the CTE, each task force executed gunnery, air assault, aerial quick-reaction force, emergency resupply, downed aircraft recovery, medical evacuation and personnel recovery operations. The missions that were executed are critical for the 25th CAB’s success in its upcoming deployment.

Following the completion of CTE missions, the brigade began to redeploy its Soldiers and assets, here, and to Fort Carson.

The CTE also provided an opportunity for the most recent addition to the “Wings of Lightning” team — 1st Battalion, 2nd Attack Reconnaissance Battalion out of Fort Carson — to familiarize its personnel with all brigade procedures.

“1-2 ARB functioned well as a task force with (25th) CAB units from Hawaii,” Roland said. “The task force did very well in reacting to the missions and scenarios presented to them.”

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