Cacti Conducts Platoon Live Fires on Schofield Barracks

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Capt. Adam Novak, the Alpha Company commander, conducts an After Action Review during the 3rd BCT's Operation Nogales on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by 1st Lt. Lance Switzer, Alpha Company XO, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Capt. Adam Novak, the Alpha Company commander, conducts an After Action Review during the 3rd BCT’s Operation Nogales on Schofield Barracks. (Photo by 1st Lt. Lance Switzer, Alpha Company XO, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

1st Lt. Loren Bell
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted Operation Nogales on Schofield Barracks, Dec. 8-12.

From left to right: Staff Sgt. David Kupcho, Pfc. Brandon Andrews and Pfc. Ralph Jones of Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon, take on a support-by-fire position during a blank fire iteration as part of Operation Nogales, a training exercise, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by 1st Lt. Joshua Santiago, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment)

From left to right: Staff Sgt. David Kupcho, Pfc. Brandon Andrews and Pfc. Ralph Jones of Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon, take on a support-by-fire position during a blank fire iteration as part of Operation Nogales, a training exercise, at Schofield Barracks. (Photo by 1st Lt. Joshua Santiago, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment)

The platoons were tested on their ability to receive a fragmentary order in the field and their ability to plan and execute a platoon attack with little notice to move.  The execution of the exercise tested their synchronization of fire and maneuver, communication, marksmanship, as well as calling in accurate mortar fire.

“This was a great event for our platoon to work on a more complex mission with allies on either side of our objective. It forced us to orient our fires deliberately as well as utilize our 60mm mortar asset to lay fires directly on the objective,” said 1st Lt. Jonathan Di Bianca, 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company platoon leader.

In addition to validating the rifle platoons, Operation Nogales provided an incredible opportunity to train mission command functions at the battalion level. While the platoons were navigating their lanes, the Battalion Tactical Operations Center (TOC) tracked their every move from Area X to test and improve its standard operating procedures.

At the end of the exercise, the Platoons laid the foundations for success for future collective training events building unwavering confidence through competence. It was highly apparent from the Battalion’s performance that if and when our nation calls, the Cacti will be ready to answer.

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