2-27th Wolfhounds display readiness at Bellows

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Pfc. Clay Bodine, assigned to Company A, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, provides security along a landing zone during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, at MCTAB, Jan. 8.

Pfc. Clay Bodine, assigned to Company A, 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, provides security along a landing zone during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, at MCTAB, Jan. 8.

Story and photos by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA, Bellows — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, here, Jan. 7-9.

“The exercise was an outstanding test of nearly every single system in the battalion,” said Lt. Col. Barrett Bernard, commander, 2-27th Inf. Regt.

For the exercise, Wolfhounds were airlifted from Wheeler Army Airfield to here in CH-47 Chinook helicopters, where they conducted their main mission of securing a U.S. consulate.

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, meet with a village mayor during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, here, Jan. 8. The civilians during the exercise were played by fellow Soldiers. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, meet with a village mayor during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, here, Jan. 8. The civilians during the exercise were played by fellow Soldiers. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Once the elements arrived at Bellows, the Soldiers strategically moved across the terrain toward the objective. Upon arrival, the battalion commander met with the “consulate general.”

“After sitting down with the battalion commander, they seem to be on top of exactly what they want and need to do,” said Master Sgt. Steven Day, Civil Affairs senior enlisted leader, 25th ID, and role player consulate general.

During their time at MCTAB, Soldiers patrolled the villages trying to weed out an insurgency that threatened the consulate.

As soon as Day deemed the insurgency no longer a threat to the consulate and the villages in the area, the Soldiers were informed they were no longer needed to provide security, concluding the mission.

The exercise called for the battalion to be spread out geographically across several training areas on Oahu and required the unit to deploy two battalion-level mission command nodes.

“Coordinating between two nodes to control a dynamic and deteriorating security situation in each of the locations was extremely challenging, but it is the reason the exercise was so valuable to us,” said Bernard.

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS — Lt. Col. Barret Bernard (back), commander, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, receives a brief from the consulate general, played by Master Sgt. Steven Day, noncommissioned officer in charge, civil affairs, 25th ID, during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, here, Jan. 8. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

MARINE CORPS TRAINING AREA BELLOWS — Lt. Col. Barret Bernard (back), commander, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, receives a brief from the consulate general, played by Master Sgt. Steven Day, noncommissioned officer in charge, civil affairs, 25th ID, during an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, here, Jan. 8. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Being spread out forced the command and staff to create solutions to the problems on the ground without being physically present with the units they were directing.

“I am incredibly proud of the way our Soldiers performed,” said Bernard. “They were extremely disciplined throughout the exercise and displayed a high degree of agility at squad, platoon and company levels.

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