Blackfoot Troop conducts live fire

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with 3-4th Cav. Regt. participate in a mounted and dismounted validation live-fire field training exercise in preparation for a deployment to PTA on the Big Island.

Soldiers with 3-4th Cav. Regt. participate in a mounted and dismounted validation live-fire field training exercise in preparation for a deployment to PTA on the Big Island.

 

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, held a squadron-level field training exercise (FTX), here, Aug. 25-27.
The purpose of the training was to certify section leaders in mounted and dismounted live-fire operations for upcoming deployments to Pohakuloa Training Area and the Joint Readiness Training Center. The operation also facilitated mission command at the troop and squadron level.
“The training will help troops hone their existing reconnaissance skills, validate standard operating procedures and refine direct fire control measures,” said Sgt. 1st Class Craig Trotter, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment.

 

Sections worked together, communicating as a team, as mounted elements provided covering fire to the dismounted teams as they engaged enemy forces.

 

“This training was needed because, as cavalrymen, we not only are the eyes and ears of the commander, but we also need to know how to react and defend ourselves when necessary,” said Spc. Darwin Garcia. “The training also eliminates mistakes that can hinder us in the upcoming platoon live fire or future deployments.”

 

The training will benefit the troops and squadron by producing better, faster and more effective crews and leaders.

 

“It will allow troop commanders to evaluate the sections and assist the squadron commander to better allocate resources and training time appropriately,” said 1st Lt. Kenji Sugimoto, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop.

 

Garcia noted, as commanders observe how flawlessly the Blackfoot troopers perform, the Soldiers gain their trust and confidence.

 

“This was an amazing FTX, and it helped me and my fellow team leaders identify the weaknesses and strengths of our teams,” said Garcia. “We improve every iteration.”

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