2-6th Cav. prepares for Korea deployment

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
 Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment The 25th CAB conducts a brigade-wide combined training exercise to validate the 2-6th Cav. Regt. as it prepares for an operational deployment to the Republic of Korea, testing the ability of the regiment to conduct aviation operations in a field environment.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Mark Leung, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment
The 25th CAB conducts a brigade-wide combined training exercise to validate the 2-6th Cav. Regt. as it prepares for an operational deployment to the Republic of Korea, testing the ability of the regiment to conduct aviation operations in a field environment.

Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

 

KAHUKU TRAINING AREA — Soldiers assigned to 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, vigorously trained day and night in a brigade-wide field training exercise to validate 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, as it prepared for an operational deployment to the Republic of Korea.

The exercise began on Wheeler Army Airfield and ended in the Kahuku Training Area.

The focus of this combined training exercise was aimed at the individual, team, scout weapon team and company levels. Forces integrated for modern battlefield training while maneuvering from one location to another.

“This field exercise is our culminating training event for our pending deployment to Korea. We are doing common Soldier tasks, working our way up to see where our Soldiers stand,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Gerardo Gonzalez, 2-6th Cav. senior enlisted adviser. “As the command sergeant major to the squadron, I also wanted to see where troops stand on everyday tasks.”

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The training challenged Soldiers with realistic scenarios, to include engaging mechanized enemy forces and water gunnery training. This exercise was an opportunity for Soldiers to learn from their mistakes and to build unit cohesion.

Additionally, Soldiers established fuel points, rearming points, conducted convoy operations and relocated 95 pieces of equipment from one side of Oahu to the other.

“Our troops are experts, and being able to jump from Oahu to the Big Island of Hawaii and re-establishing themselves, arm and refuel our helicopters, is one thing this regiment does very well,” Gonzalez said. “This training is incredibly helpful to the 25th ID supporting the Pacific area of responsibility.”

While on the Big Island, Soldiers were tested with live-fire exercises, reconnaissance and security. In addition, petroleum specialists set up mobile gas stations to ensure every Soldier had the opportunity to sharpen his military occupational specialty and common skills tasks.

Because of the unique terrain, Hawaii provides a genuine battlefield environment to prepare for the unit’s deployment to the Korean peninsula. As a result, training over land and water will play a role in the final event of the training exercise with air and ground integration.

Similar to the upcoming mission in Korea, an infantry platoon was air assaulted into a location to deter enemy forces.

“We had the ability to train at several different locations, in Hawaii, over water and land in a similar operations environment that we encounter in Korea,” said Maj. Mark Fulmer, 2-6th Cav. operations officer in charge.

2-6th Cav. will have the vital task of assisting the local forces and the ROK to discourage aggression in the peninsula while attached to Eighth Army.

“Our ability to react here allows us to go out and do the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief throughout the Pacific in support of U.S. Army-Pacific,” Fulmer said. “In Korea, we will be able to do the same operations tactically.”

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