Wolfhounds’ mortars compete for best

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Michael Hansen (right) checks the accuracy of a fire mission with assistance from Pfc. Cordai Hamilton and Pvt. 1st Class Matthew Reynolds (kneeling) during a practical gunnery exam. The three are with the mortar section, Co. B, 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Hannah Smith, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Inf. Division)

Sgt. Michael Hansen (right) checks the accuracy of a fire mission with assistance from Pfc. Cordai Hamilton and Pvt. 1st Class Matthew Reynolds (kneeling) during a practical gunnery exam. The three are with the mortar section, Co. B, 1-27th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Hannah Smith, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Inf. Division)

Story and photo by
2nd Lt. Hannah Smith
1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, held a best mortars section competition, Oct. 22-24.

Over the span of three days, mortar sections from each company competed in six different events related to physical fitness, teamwork and mortar knowledge to determine the most adept section.

“This competition was originally planned as a culminating event during our time at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island,” said 1st Lt. Pete Hamill, battalion mortar platoon leader, 1-27th Inf. Regt.

“But because our training there got temporarily halted, we decided to host it here, on Schofield, and add more physical events to make up for some of the mortar events we couldn’t conduct,” Hamill explained.

Those events consisted of the Wolfhound Athlete Regiment (WAR) assessment, a land navigation course at East Range, an obstacle course on Schofield Barracks, a practical gunnery test, a 10-mile road march and a written gunnery test.

The WAR consisted of shuttle runs, a standing broad jump, a 4-kilogram medicine ball throw, a 225-pound dead lift, pull-ups, metronome push-ups, the heel clap and a 185-pound bench press.

“After completing the nine events, we also added a 50-burpee-and-three-400-meter sprint challenge, and your time only ended when everyone in the section finished,” Hamill said.

“The biggest thing about the whole competition was teamwork and ensuring everyone on the team was competent,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Cox, battalion mortar platoon sergeant, 1-27th Inf. Regt.

“For the 10-mile road march, the entire section had to finish together,” Cox explained. “For the layout after the road march, if one Soldier in the section was missing an item, then the whole section was disqualified.”

Teamwork was evident when a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company’s mortar section injured his foot during the road march. The Wolfhound completed the road march with his team while other members traded turns carrying his pack.

Practical and written gunnery exams were the biggest deciding factors of who became the best mortar section.

Each section was tested on setting up and completing a fire mission with 60-mm and 81-mm mortars. A written test was also given specifically to gunners or specifically to fire direction controllers immediately after the road march.

After calculating the results, HHC Section 1 Mortars was named best in the Wolfhounds. The section hopes to keep the title when mortar sections are tested individually next quarter.

 

 

 

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