225th BSB keeps Strykers, beans and bullets going for ‘Warrior Spear’

| February 8, 2013 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Jamal Estwick, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, field feeding team, prepares juice for an exercise lane during Warrior Spear. 225th BSB provides logistical support like food, ammunition and vehicle repairs.

Pfc. Jamal Estwick, 225th BSB, 2nd SBCT, field feeding team, prepares juice for an exercise lane during Warrior Spear. 225th BSB provides logistical support like food, ammunition and vehicle repairs.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Everette
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

“Warrior Spear” brings all parts and all levels of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, exercise together to execute the mission and train Soldiers in a tough, realistic way.

The underlying support on which all of Warrior Spear is built comes from the 225th Brigade Support Battalion, for without the 225th BSB, the training couldn’t happen.

“When we have an exercise like Warrior Spear, Soldiers need to eat,” said Capt. Ben Miller, deputy supply officer. “They have to have ammunition to conduct the lanes. They have to have fuel to drive their Strykers from point A to point B.

“Their Strykers have to work,” he continued. “When they break down, they have to be able to be fixed. And also, we have to provide medical support to the Soldiers for real-world and also for training casualties. If our estimations are incorrect, or if we’re not prepared to do any of those functions, then the exercise can possibly fail.”

BSB provides all the necessities needed in an exercise like Warrior Spear by creating logistics support teams (LSTs) for each battalion participating in the training, said Miller.

LSTs are made up of teams drawn from all parts of the BSB, to include cooks, refuelers, mechanics, ammunition handlers and medics. A junior officer is appointed the officer in charge and leads the teams. The teams and OIC make sure the brigade and battalions have what they need to run.

“Exactly how you have the warfighter … you also need a supply line,” said 1st Lt. Casey Gregg, LST officer in charge, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regiment, and 225th BSB medical supply officer. “The supply line is the lifeline for every Soldier, or every maneuver unit, as well. If you don’t have the beans and bullets, then you can’t get the job done anyway.”

BSB also follows the Army saying “train as you fight.” The way units execute their duties for Warrior Spear mirrors the way they will execute their duties during the upcoming rotation at the National Training Center and future deployments.

“We do, basically, the same thing for an exercise, like this, as we’ll do at NTC, and the same thing we’ll do on deployment,” said Miller. “The only difference is the level of danger that we’re facing.

“Downrange, we still support in almost the same fashion,” Miller said. “So when we’re practicing out here, we’re practicing doing the same thing we’ll be doing downrange.”

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