Cacti Soldiers hone skills during 4-day FTX

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Spc. Angel Camacho, infantryman, Co. A, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, pulls security as his platoon defends a village from known opposing forces during a four-day field training exercise on Schofield Barracks, Monday.

Spc. Angel Camacho, infantryman, Co. A, 2-35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, pulls security as his platoon defends a village from known opposing forces during a four-day field training exercise on Schofield Barracks, Monday.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted a multiple-day field training exercise (FTX), here, and on East Range, Nov. 8-11.

The two main scenarios, defending a location from an enemy attack and then moving on to disrupt a known enemy location, were designed to give Cacti Soldiers an opportunity to hone their skills in offensive and defensive operations, along with tactical site exploitation, said 2nd Lt. Aletta Sellers, assistant intelligence officer.

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The first step was to enter a village known to have intelligence information somewhere in the area. Once the Soldiers were able to secure the information, the platoon set up a stronghold and protected the area vulnerable to an attack from opposing forces.

“Learning of the areas of the compound that needed stronger security helped us better defend off the enemy, said Pfc. Tyrell Foreman, infantryman, Company A.

After the platoon successfully defended its stronghold, it received orders to move on to the next phase over at East Range.

Over on East Range, the Soldiers would move on to the offensive side of operations by locating and disrupting the enemy locations.

“It’s good for the Soldiers because they get to see the counter insurgency part and the defense portion of the scenario,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Bly, senior enlisted adviser, 2-35th Inf. Regt.

As the platoons were learning to defend a village and overtake enemy hot zones, Delta Company was the sole company providing screening operations. By screening the terrain, it looked for likely avenues the enemy could approach and attack, then they clogged those, so they could hit the enemy and direct them where they wanted them.

“Their goal is to bring the enemy into the main engagement area for the platoon,” said Bly.

At the end of the four days, the focus was to allow the platoon leaders and platoon sergeants to have a better understanding of urban defensive measures, according to Bly.

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