25th CAB leaders advance marksmanship skills

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Company commanders of the 25th CAB practice engaging a target from behind a barrier during advanced preliminary marksmanship instruction, taught by Tactical Weapons Course instructors with the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy.

Company commanders of the 25th CAB practice engaging a target from behind a barrier during advanced preliminary marksmanship instruction, taught by Tactical Weapons Course instructors with the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy.

Story and photos by Capt. Richard Barker
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Company and battalion commanders of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted a road march and stress shoot as part of leader training, Aug. 2.

The event consisted of an early morning road march from Wheeler Army Airfield to Schofield’s ranges, followed by advanced preliminary marksman instruction and live fire with the M4 rifle and M9 pistol.

“This leader training event was designed to show company commanders an example of the type and quality of training they are expected to provide their Soldiers,” said Col. Kenneth Hawley, commander. “The event started with the planning phase six weeks ago.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Company commanders of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, practice magazine exchanges on their M4 rifles during advanced preliminary marksmanship instruction, taught by Tactical Weapons Course instructors with the Lightning Academy, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, here, Aug. 2. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Company commanders of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, practice magazine exchanges on their M4 rifles during advanced preliminary marksmanship instruction, taught by Tactical Weapons Course instructors with the Lightning Academy, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th ID, here, Aug. 2. (Photo by Capt. Richard Barker, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Unit commanders were shown the scope of planning and execution of training, to include scheduling the preliminary marksmanship instruction, selecting coaches, analyzing safety concerns and executing the training.

“The event helped me realize the resources that are available for company-level training, such as advanced level ranges and air support,” said Capt. Brandon Nixon, commander, Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment. “This broadened my scope for what I am able to do at my level.”

Advanced marksmanship training was conducted by the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy.

“It’s about building confidence and helping leaders improve their ability to make decisions,” said Sgt. 1st Class Morse Dawson, tactical weapons course instructor, Lightning Academy.

During advanced marksmanship, commanders learned to fire from positions behind barricades, during target approach and to continue target engagement while changing magazines and weapons systems.

Following the success of the company commander road march and stress shoot, a similar event is now being planned for 25th CAB company first sergeants.

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