‘Broncos’ certify fire support capability

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Alexander Jobe, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, looks through a Mark VII E Handheld Target Locator as he prepares to construct a terrain sketch of his targeted area during Table II of the Brigade Fire Support certification on East Range Training Area, here, Aug. 20.

Spc. Alexander Jobe, Company D, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, looks through a Mark VII E handheld target locator as he prepares to construct a terrain sketch of his targeted area during Table II of the Brigade Fire Support certification on East Range Training Area, Aug. 20.

 

Story and photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — One hundred twenty-eight fire support Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, conducted the Table II fire support certification at East Range Training Area, Aug. 18-22.
“The certification is a test of the fire support team’s (FIST) tactical and technical capability to establish an observation post (OP) and perform targeting functions,” said Capt. Bryan Painter, fire direction officer, 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regiment, 3rd BCT.
In a platoon-based scenario, there will always be a forward observer and a radio-telephone operator who move with the platoon. The headquarters team (a lieutenant and staff sergeant) moves with the company commander.

 

2nd Lt. Tom Dunn (right), Company D, 2-35th Inf. Regt., looks over a fallen tree to see if his team can use it for concealment as they prepare to set up their observation post.

2nd Lt. Tom Dunn (right), Company D, 2-35th Inf. Regt., looks over a fallen tree to see if his team can use it for concealment as they prepare to set up their observation post.

It is the FIST’s job to paint a clear picture for the commander, so he can shape the battlefield, and that is what these Soldiers were tested on, according to Painter.
“Having all the fire support Soldiers in one place made it easier to assess them and retrain continually, as needed, to make sure every Soldier knows how to do his job,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Platter, fire support noncommissioned officer, 3rd BCT.
Each team had to conduct a day and a night operation. The day mission was used to assess the Soldiers’ technical skills; the night mission is where the observer-controllers (OC) observe how the team moves tactically.
When the warriors were proficient and doing all the right way, they advanced to the final table of the certification at the “Call for Fire Trainer.”

 

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Platter  fire support NCO, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, discusses the mission at hand with officers from  Co. D, 2-35th Inf. Regt.

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Platter fire support NCO, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, discusses the mission at hand with officers from Co. D, 2-35th Inf. Regt.

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