2-11th Field Artillery gun crews recertify on M777 howitzer

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Cannoneers from 2-11th FA Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, demonstrate their proficiency to recertify putting steel on targets for upcoming live-fire qualifications, Oct. 23.

Cannoneers from 2-11th FA Regt., 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, demonstrate their proficiency to recertify putting steel on targets for upcoming live-fire qualifications, Oct. 23.

 

Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As the Army’s mission evolves, so does it’s training.

To maintain mission readiness, cannoneers are required to hone their skills by recertifying.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted section certification training, Oct. 16-30, here, which qualifies them to participate in upcoming live-fire exercises.

“We are starting the table five certification for the M777 howitzer crew members,” said Capt. Jason Stanley, assistant operations officer, 2-11th FA. “This training allows us to see what areas we need to focus on as we create our training plans in order to be an effective firing battalion.”

2-11th FA gauged its crews as a team as they honed their firing skills. The training enabled the crews to accomplish their mission safely and effectively.

“To ensure we maintain the proficiency of processing fire missions and executing those fire missions effectively, crew drills must be perfect with maintaining the accuracy and precision of firing,” Stanley said.

Staff Sgt. Trinity Phomsopha, a field artillery automated tactical data system section chief, believes this is an opportunity for his Soldiers to work and improve on the little things.

“If we are not cleared to fire by the master gunner, then we cannot do our job,” said Phomsopha. “Everything is a learning experience. To be combat ready at all times, we must practice, and practice makes perfect.”

Section certification challenges the crews to react correctly to possible malfunctions pertaining to the M777 howitzer, and to correctly process different fire missions in order to have sustained firing capabilities.

“Even though these guys are tired and dirty, they are enjoying being out here and doing their job,” said Stanley.

The battery certified more than 18 howitzer crews during the three weeks, finishing up Thursday.

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