196th trains next Forward 8 security platoon

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

 

Jennifer Borja-Johnson | 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion Public Affairs  Trainers with 196th Inf. Bde. prepare the next Forward 8 security platoon deploying for OEF-Philippines in team live-fire exercises, recently.


Trainers with 196th Inf. Bde. prepare the next Forward 8 security platoon deploying for OEF-Philippines in team live-fire exercises, recently. (Photo by Jennifer Borja-Johnson, 3301st Mobilization Support Battalion Public Affairs)

Capt. Shigenobu Morinaga
Support Battalion
196th Infantry BrigadeU.S. Army-Pacific

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers of the 29th Brigade Combat Team are prepped to deploy to the Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

There, they will serve as a Forward 8 security platoon, or FWD8, and put into practice the intense marksmanship and other training they received from observer-controller/trainer-mentors, called OC/TMs, of the Support Battalion, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific.

The Soldiers are slated to soon replace another 29th BCT security platoon currently in support of the Joint Special Operations Task Force.

During team week, OC/TMs focused specifically on training objectives of team-level tactics, leadership and the basics for future squad- and platoon-level operations.

Events executed during the week included short-range marksmanship training, which required precision shooting, discrimination and movements; a long-range marksmanship exercise, which required Soldiers to engage targets at 500 meters with iron sights; a stress shoot event, which pushed Soldiers to their physical limitations and forced them to immediately begin precision shooting; a non-standard casualty evacuation procedure, completed within a multifaceted open terrain course; and a rotary wing operation on Wheeler Army Airfield with Hawaii Army National Guardsmen from Company B, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment.

As a result of the experience and exceptional training provided by the 196th Inf. Bde.’s OC/TMs, the OEF-P (FWD 8) security platoon made significant gains in cohesiveness to prepare for the final training exercise and, ultimately, the deployment.

“For example, I increased my physical fitness and marksmanship skills,” said Pfc. Jeremy Kaneshiro, 29th BCT security platoon team member, who won the long-range and stress shoot competitions. “I’m a lethal asset with my rifle at any distance.”

The OEF-P (FWD 8) deployment departure ceremony is scheduled Dec. 2, at the 3301st Parade Field, Area X, Schofield Barracks.

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