2-11th FA defends ‘provincial capital’ at PTA

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with Btry. B, 2-11th FA, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, fire illumination rounds in support of the defensive live-fire scenario during a collective training and qualify event.

Soldiers with Btry. B, 2-11th FA, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, fire illumination rounds in support of the defensive live-fire scenario during a collective training and qualify event.

Story and photos by
2nd Lt. Shea Orr
2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Integrating live- and dry-fire artillery exercises into two events, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, and elements from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, deployed, here, Aug. 17-Sept. 22, to conduct collective training and qualify their firing platoons for future contingency response force missions.

The training was from section to platoon-level for the Best Fire Support Team (FiST) competition and a fire support coordination exercise.

Task Force 2-11th FA Regt. consisted of Co. B, 52nd Infantry Regt; 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt. mortars; 225th Bde. Support Bn.; and all brigade fire support teams.

Best FiST was a round robin competition, taking place amongst the fire support teams over an average of 24 hours to train and test the fire supporters. The competition began with a physical fitness test, followed by an 18-mile foot march, consisting of stations to test FiST teams on their artillery proficiency skills. The first place team, Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regt., completed the event in just over 18 hours and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and 2nd SBCT coins.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Spc. Adam Abeyta (left), Spc. Anthony Dominguez (center) and Pfc. Eric Espinoza (right), all from the fire direction center, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, compute accurate firing solutions during the Defensive Live Fire Scenario, here, recently. Soldiers with 2-11th FA Regt. and elements from the brigade deployed, here, Aug. 17-Sept. 22, to conduct collective training and qualify platoons for future Contingency Response Force missions. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Shea Orr, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Spc. Adam Abeyta (left), Spc. Anthony Dominguez (center) and Pfc. Eric Espinoza (right), all from the fire direction center, Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, compute accurate firing solutions during the Defensive Live Fire Scenario, here, recently. Soldiers with 2-11th FA Regt. and elements from the brigade deployed, here, Aug. 17-Sept. 22, to conduct collective training and qualify platoons for future Contingency Response Force missions.

“It’s good training,” said Staff Sgt. Kyle Smith, Battery C FiST. “It’s good to see how my guys react under stress and identify where we are weak. Overall, though, we were able to push through it and came out a stronger team.”

The fire support coordination exercise, set to a defensive scenario, was the major event of 2-11th FA’s deployment. The exercise simulated one of the brigade’s infantry battalions defending the provincial capital of a disputed region against an enemy mechanized force.

“The defensive live-fire scenario provided us with a great opportunity to establish common operating practices with our habitually supported infantry battalion, the Gimlets,” said Capt. Daniel Mahoney, commander, Btry. B. “In addition to building on this already strong relationship, the shoot and scoot nature of the exercise challenged our Soldiers and leaders to think and fire in a challenging, realistic situation.”

The unit conducted three iterations, one for each infantry battalion in the brigade. The defending force consisted of company and battalion FiSTs: Co. B, 52nd Inf. Regt.; troopers from 2-14th Cav.; a firing battery from 2-11th FA; and two Scout Weapons Teams from 2-6th Cav.

Integrating howitzers, missiles, Strykers and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters, Task Force 2-11th FA Regt. successfully destroyed the enemy on the field of battle.

“In order to maximize the effects of fires on the battlefield, you must employ all of your fire support assets in concert with one another,” said Maj. Bob Ross, operations officer, 2-11th FA. “Conducting integrated training across the brigade is the key to learning how to utilize each weapon system effectively.”

2-11th FA is the first in a series of 2nd SBCT battalions to conduct training at Pohakuloa Training Area. Over the course of the next few months, all of the brigade’s infantry battalions will rotate through PTA and build upon the lessons learned.

2-11th FA will rotate batteries to train the integration of fire support.

 

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