Wolfhounds fine-tune tactical skills Down Under

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Above, Soldiers assigned to  Co. B, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, charge toward a known objective during a squad-level exercise in Queensland, Australia, Aug. 4.  Below, the dust rises as the Wolfhounds of Bravo Company drag a simluated casualty out of danger and into the safety of a building. In addition to practicing their combat skills, the Wolfhounds were constantly quizzed on their other Soldier skills.

Soldiers assigned to Co. B, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, charge toward a known objective during a squad-level exercise in Queensland, Australia, Aug. 4.

Story and photos by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office

 

TOWNSVILLE, Australia — Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, continued their training by conducting squad-level exercises at High Range, Queensland, Australia on Aug. 4.

“This week was designated to develop the new team leaders who are coming in the door in order to make them better in the future,” said Sgt. Matthew Harrold, squad leader, 2nd platoon, Bravo Company, 2-27th Inf. Regt.

Over the course of the week, each squad conducted basic rifle marksmanship, advanced rifle marksmanship, land navigation and squad maneuver, and a rappel tower located at Lavarack Barracks (a major Australian army base), here.

Rappelling off of the tower was a good opportunity to build confidence within the squad, said Harrold.

Above, Soldiers assigned to  Co. B, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, charge toward a known objective during a squad-level exercise in Queensland, Australia, Aug. 4.  Below, the dust rises as the Wolfhounds of Bravo Company drag a simluated casualty out of danger and into the safety of a building. In addition to practicing their combat skills, the Wolfhounds were constantly quizzed on their other Soldier skills.

The dust rises as the Wolfhounds of Bravo Company drag a simluated casualty out of danger and into the safety of a building. In addition to practicing their combat skills, the Wolfhounds were constantly quizzed on their other Soldier skills.

Squad and team leaders maximized the field training by ensuring that their Soldiers wisely used the brief time between missions.

“My sergeant was constantly making sure I knew my stuff by quizzing me and always checking on my learning,” said Pvt. Julian Pelayes, 3rd Plt., Co. B., 2-27 Inf. Regt. “I feel more squared away when that happens.”

They even tested each other to see who could disassemble and reassemble the M-240 machine gun the fastest, added Pelayes.

In the end, the squad-level training was about getting better at the basics, which in turn makes the platoon better.

“When you fine tune the small things you can operate multiple squads at a time (more easily) in overall platoon missions, and make them more successful,” said Harrold.

 

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