Operation Raider Resolution happens on North Shore

| December 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Apache Troopers conduct a route reconnaissance through the Kahuku training area. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Clevenger)

Apache Troopers conduct a route reconnaissance through the Kahuku training area. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Joshua Clevenger)

2LT Kyle Woods
3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment 
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA — From Nov. 3-8,  2014, Cavalry Scouts of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, executed Operation Raider Resolution, here, on Oahu’s North Shore.

This exercise was a rigorous assessment of the abilities of the Troopers to conduct reconnaissance and security operations on the Troop level.

According to Capt. Michael Culler, commander of Blackfoot Troop, the goal of the operation was “to have Troop Mission Command Operations certified by the squadron commander and have platoons capable of conducting zone reconnaissance and screen operations.”

The third in a series of exercises executed by the Raider Squadron since August of 2014, Raider Resolution’s focus on Troop level operations certified the units, which had already conducted section and platoon level certifications in the previous months.

The Troopers from 3-4th Cav. successfully proved their ability to conduct the squadron’s core scout tasks by successfully maneuvering their mounted and dismounted elements through the restrictive jungle terrain of the Kahuku Training Area.

The exercise consisted of a 96-hour crucible where the Troops trained in long distance mounted and dismounted patrolling, establishing a screen, and calling for artillery and aerial fire support.

Leaders across the squadron were extremely proud of their Troopers and their conduct throughout the mission.

Capt. Christopher Morrow, commander of Apache Troop, in particular stressed, “the great job Apache Troopers did executing (Operation Raider Resolution),” and look forward to testing their mettle at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in May.

Operations took place throughout the day and night, forcing the scouts to adapt to the terrain and environment around them while maintaining orientation on their reconnaissance and security objectives.

One of the main objectives of Raider Resolution was to certify the Mission Command Operations of the various Troops. When asked about the value of the exercise, Capt. Culler remarked that it was valuable, especially in regards to command post operations.

“We effectively identified roles of the commander, XO and CP operations within the CP, specifically, at what capacity can the CP most effectively allow the commander to fight the fight.”

The 3-4th Cav.’s train up will culminate with the Bronco Brigade’s rotation through the JRTC at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in the spring of 2015.

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  1. carlos chavarria says:

    Ah yes… the Kahukus. That slippery mud that impregnates everything it touches. I think the mud was red? It’s been a long time. And the incessant rain. Prepared and Loyal!!

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