Wardogs provide fire support at PTA

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Gunners with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provide fire support with a 105mm howitzer during a "Steel" live-fire exercise here, Nov. 6, in support of a combined arms training exercise with 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., "Wolfhounds."

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Gunners with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provide fire support with a 105mm howitzer during a “Steel” live-fire exercise here, Nov. 6, in support of a combined arms training exercise with 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds.”

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — “What’s the sound of artillery?”

That’s been a question for Soldiers of all armies until they’ve had the opportunity to personally experience the sound.

Staff Sgt. Rick Carlson, 105mm section chief; Sgt. James Omalley, gunner; and Spc. David Scott, assistant gunner, all assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th FA, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, provide fire support with a 105mm howitzer during a "Steel" live-fire exercise, Nov. 6, in support of a combined arms training exercise with 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., "Wolfhounds."

Staff Sgt. Rick Carlson, 105mm section chief; Sgt. James Omalley, gunner; and Spc. David Scott, assistant gunner, all assigned to 3rd Bn., 7th FA, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, provide fire support with a 105mm howitzer during a “Steel” live-fire exercise, Nov. 6, in support of a combined arms training exercise with 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds.”

The question was answered by Battery A, 2nd Platoon, “Wardogs,” 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during a combined live-fire exercise on the Big Island, here, Nov. 6.

“Today we’re out here providing fires to 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., “No Fear”, as their units conduct a live-fire exercise on Range 10 and a convoy live-fire on Range 20,” said Lt. Col. James Lowe, commander, 3-7th FA. “And we’re supporting both missions simultaneously with our Wardogs from firing point 809.”

The Wardogs, who conducted all leader and section certifications prior to the unit’s deployment to PTA, provided 105mm fires in support of the maneuver plans of the 2-27th FA, said Lowe.

Soldiers of the 3-7th FA have been providing fire support with their 105mm howitzer for units of the Bronco Brigade throughout their PTA rotation in preparation for their next deployment.

“The forward observers are the eyes, the fire direction center is the brains, and we are the muscle,” said Staff Sgt. William Oliver, section chief, 3-7th FA.

“As soon as the infantry squad calls for fire to the fire direction center to suppress, neutralize or destroy an enemy, data is sent down to the gun line, verified by the chief of section, and the command is given to fire,” added Sgt. Lionel Ruiz, cannon crew member.

Capt. Jesse Wood, Wardogs Battery commander, emphasized that the capabilities of his unit are strong.

“We can employ two weapons systems at any given time,” said Wood.

According to doctrine, the mission of the field artillery is to integrate and deliver lethal and nonlethal fires to enable joint and maneuver commanders to dominate their operational environment across the spectrum of operations.

“My guys are ready, accurate and fully capable to support the mission of any unit with any mission called down to us, “ said Wood. “We’re Wardogs.”

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