Joint amphibious training improves unit readiness

| May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
The U.S. Navy offloads a Stryker onto the beach at Bellows Air Force Station as part of the joint-amphibious training to validate troop deployment readiness and amphibian capabilities.

A Navy hovercraft lands on the beach at Bellows Air Force Station as part of the joint-amphibious training to validate troop deployment readiness and amphibious capabilities.

Staff Sgt. Carlos R. Davis
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION — As part of 25th Infantry Division’s contingency response force (CRF) mission, Soldiers assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, demonstrated their ability to rapidly deploy at a moment’s notice by working with the Navy and Marines, May 21.

The joint-amphibious exercise, Culebra Koa 2015, was designed to demonstrate the 2nd SBCT’s capability of troop readiness to rapidly deploy Soldiers in the Pacific’s area of responsibility for humanitarian assistance or combat operations.

“I believe this is the first time the Army has participated in joint-amphibious training with the Navy and Marines since World War II,” said Capt. Winfield Swanton, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2-14th Cav. “By conducting this type of training, it demonstrates the Army’s ability to deploy troops and their equipment using different platforms in support of the unit’s mission.”

According to Swanton, this realistic training showcases the brigade’s ability to respond rapidly and provide assistance in a moment’s notice.

“We are able to demonstrate that the Army is more than capable of conducting sea-basing operations. This training provides our troops with experience since normally this isn’t offered in our doctrine,” he said. “Our troops have the opportunity to work with different branches of service to validate our unit readiness and train on equipment. This isn’t normally available to them.”

By thinking outside the box, the 2-14th Cav. is able to meet the brigade commander’s intent by maximizing its training to ensure its readiness is maintained.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime training opportunity,” said Sgt. 1st Class Sean Green, signal support system specialist, HHT, 2-14th Cav. Regt. “This is something that is normally only conducted by the Marines and the Navy. However, we get the chance to gain knowledge and experience of different means of transporting equipment throughout the Pacific.”

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He added, “We loaded Strykers on the Navy’s joint, high-speed vessel and the landing craft air cushion,” Green said. “Being part of CRF, it’s imperative that we learn how different branches of the service operate when it comes to accomplishing this mission.”

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