Operation Foal Eagle 2014 begins

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team; 25th Infantry Division Blackfoot Troop, 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, prepares for its next air assault mission during recent training leading to its upcoming deployment to South Korea.

Photos courtesy 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team; 25th Infantry Division
Blackfoot Troop, 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, prepares for its next air assault mission during recent training leading to its upcoming deployment to South Korea.

2nd Lt. Nathan Sitterley
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The warriors of Blackfoot Troop are set to deploy to South Korea for Operation Foal Eagle, a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea armed forces in the first half of 2014.

The 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, will travel to the ROK for training designed to test the wits and the adaptability of Soldiers conducting mounted and dismounted movement using live ammunition.

“The combined arms live-fire exercise will be the culminating event between the ROK and Blackfoot Soldiers,” said Capt. Stephen Paavola, plans officer, 3-4th Cav.

Recent focus on physical training, reconnaissance tasks and marksmanship will give Soldiers the confidence they need to fully submerse themselves in exercise, according to Capt. Adam Reams, commander, Blackfoot Troop.

Soldiers have been participating in physical training twice per day in order to overcome the main factors that can influence this training the most: the weather and terrain.

Photo courtesy 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Combat Team; 25th Infantry Division Blackfoot Troop, 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, prepares for its next air assault mission during recent training leading to its upcoming deployment to South Korea.

Blackfoot Troop, 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, prepares for its next air assault mission during recent training leading to its upcoming deployment to South Korea.

“Our Soldiers must prepare themselves, their equipment, and then give everything they got when they are over there,” said 1st Lt. Salvatore Minipoli, platoon leader, Blackfoot Troop.

Certain limitations are present when training with a foreign nation. The main barrier is the language.

“The tactical language we will use is English; however, the Soldiers must learn some Korean to bond with their allied counterparts,” said Reams.

Blackfoot Troop will gain insight on culture different than our own, and should expect world-class training to come away with new experiences and a few new friends in the process.

Even though the terrain will be rough, and the temperature will be cold, Reams insists that his Soldiers will train hard, enjoy this trip, learn as much as possible and build a closer bond through the training.

“It is not always about us; we sometimes forget that,” said Reams.

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