Bronco Rumble takes Schofield by storm

| May 17, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Joshua Corder, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Divison, positions himself as he prepares to charge across an open field toward a breach in the enemies perimeter during Bronco Rumble, May 3, 2013. Bronco Rumble is a company-level, combined-arms, live-fire exercise put on to develop leaders and servicemembers with critical thinking and tactical skills, while remaining prepared to support the Army's mission in the Pacific. Bronco Rumble will increase future interoperability with our Pacific partners while sustaining combat readiness.

Sgt. Joshua Corder, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT 25th ID, positions himself as he prepares to charge across an open field toward a breach in the enemies perimeter during Bronco Rumble, May 3.

Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson
Photos by Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office
25th Infantry Division

For two weeks, you could hear them training, and depending on where you lived, your house may have been shaking.

With the noise and fury came the assurance that the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, are ready for whatever the Army’s call will bring.

Broncos lay down suppressive fire on an enemy bunker as their comrades advance through a breach in the enemies perimeter during Bronco Rumble, May 1, 2013.

Broncos lay down suppressive fire on an enemy bunker as their comrades advance through a breach in the enemies perimeter during Bronco Rumble, May 1, 2013.

“Bronco Rumble,” a company level, combined arms live-fire exercise conducted to develop leaders and service members with critical thinking and tactical skills, took place May 1-14.

So ldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, provide cover fire as company elements advance on enemy bunkers.

Soldiers provide cover fire as company elements advance on enemy bunkers.

“This training was tough, intense and demanding, but our Soldiers got after it,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David Clark, senior enlisted leader, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Clark stressed the importance of physical fitness as Soldiers moved more than 1,500 meters through the wood line, bounding down and up the gulch to reach their objective while carrying more than 60 pounds of weight.

Bronco Brigade Soldiers endured some of Hawaii’s hottest and rainiest weather conditions, while training through blank and live-fire iterations, both day and night. The Bronco Brigade proved why there is “None Better.”

Broncos make their way up the side a gulch as they prepare to advance on an enemy stronghold, May 1.

Broncos make their way up the side a gulch as they prepare to advance on an enemy stronghold, May 1.

“The exercise is a culmination of the last six months of training,” said Col. Brian Eifler, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID. “We started at individual- to squad-level training, to platoon-level training, to a company-level live fire where a company commander has to maneuver his unit to take an objective.”

The success of the mission relied heavily on how Soldiers could shoot, move and communicate effectively through the terrain. The training was not just about the infantry, but combined the artillery, cavalry, mortars, aviation, engineers, medics and many more elements as they deliberately attacked a simulated enemy compound.

A medic calls in a 9-line medical evacuation for a simulated injury during Bronco Rumble, May 1, 2013.

A medic calls in a 9-line medical evacuation for a simulated injury during Bronco Rumble, May 1, 2013.

The Broncos hosted leaders from the Pacific Command, 15th Airlift Wing, U.S. Army-Pacific, 25th ID and officers from the Vietnam People’s Army, to name a few, to observe while they showcased the very best that any infantry brigade in the Pacific has to offer.

Capt. Robert M. Woodson, commander, Co.A, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., keeps a look out as his Soldiers assault enemy buildings.

Capt. Robert M. Woodson, commander, Co.A, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., keeps a look out as his Soldiers assault enemy buildings.

“This is their Super Bowl,” said Eifler. “Bronco Rumble brings that extra factor of combat simulation to really put our Soldiers to the test, but everything they’ve trained for has prepared them for this.”

Bronco Rumble will increase future interoperability with America’s Pacific partners while sustaining combat readiness, enabling the brigade to answer the Army’s call whenever and wherever it is.

Sgt. 1st Class Troy Sherlock, platoon sergeant, 2nd platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, directs his Soldiers across an open field during Bronco Rumble May 3, 2013.

Sgt. 1st Class Troy Sherlock (right), platoon sergeant, 2nd Plt., Co. A, 2nd Bn,. 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, directs his Soldiers across an open field during Bronco Rumble May 3, 2013.

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