Bronco Brigade conducts Exercise Lightning Forge

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 3-7th FA, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, adjust their M119A3 howitzer on Area X-Ray during Exercise Lightning Forge, March 1.

Soldiers from 3-7th FA, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, adjust their M119A3 howitzer on Area X-Ray during Exercise Lightning Forge, March 1.

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, spent two weeks training across Oahu mastering their skills during Exercise Lightning Forge, Feb. 23-March 6.

Lightning Forge was a home-station culminating training event in preparation for the unit’s upcoming rotation at Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

The exercise represents the final event in mastering the brigade’s ability to command, sustain and fight as a brigade over military operations.

In an interview with the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser,” Col. Don Brown, operations chief, 25th ID, said, “Brigade-level training exercises were executed on the island (before the wars), but absolutely not like this level of instrumentation.”

Over the course of two weeks, Soldiers from all six battalions were deployed in one manner or another around the island of Oahu.

Soldiers were split between Area X-Ray, East Range Training Area, Kahuku Training Area on the North Shore, Dillingham Airfield, and Marine Corps Training Area Bellows.

The exercise was broken down into three battle periods: stability, distributed operations and offensive operations.

For the first period, the brigade had to deploy to Area X-ray and set up its tactical operations center in a relatively permissive operating manner. In the second part, the brigade had to conduct various mission sets with various scales sequentially and simultaneously in an increasing less permissive environment.

“This exercise allowed us to show everything that the Soldiers are capable of doing,” said Lt. Col. Daniel K. Mark, commander, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT.

Before the exercise came to an end, the brigade had to complete a combined offensive attack on a near-peer enemy threat.

“There’s something special about the American Soldier,” said Col. Scott Kelly, commander, 3rd BCT. “They fight very hard. They are smart. They are well trained and obviously well equipped, and they did superbly.”

The commander continued to say the future of warfare may look a lot like what the Soldiers were faced with during Exercise Lightning Forge.

As the exercise came to an end, the Soldier of 3rd BCT now look forward to the challenge that awaits them in Louisiana at JRTC.

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