Veterans, families come to watch 1-27th CAPEX

| October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, open fire with the M777 Howtizer during the Capabilities Exercise rehearsal Oct. 8, at Area X-ray. Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd SBCT, performed a CAPEX during Tropic Lightning Week to demonstrate their combat readiness to their chain of command and the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, open fire with the M777 Howtizer during the Capabilities Exercise rehearsal Oct. 8, at Area X-ray. Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd SBCT, performed a CAPEX during Tropic Lightning Week to demonstrate their combat readiness to their chain of command and the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Ian Ives
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Veterans and families of the 25th Infantry Division gathered at Area X-Ray, Oct. 8, to view a Capabilities Exercise run by 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.

The CAPEX was a realistic training mission that demonstrated the performing units’ abilities on the battlefield.

The exercise was held this year for Tropic Lightning Week and had duel purposes. Not only was the unit validating its skills in combat, but also demonstrating skills to the public.

Veterans, military families and civilians from the local community were able to view a static display of the equipment used during the capabilities exercise Oct. 8, following the demonstration. The Soldiers of the 1-27th IR are hoping to bridge the gap between the local community and the Army through this demonstration. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Veterans, military families and civilians from the local community were able to view a static display of the equipment used during the capabilities exercise Oct. 8, following the demonstration. The Soldiers of the 1-27th IR are hoping to bridge the gap between the local community and the Army through this demonstration. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“The purpose of this exercise and the reason we invited guests is so that we can bridge the gap between the local civilians and the U.S. Army,” said Anders. “Civilians have their idea of what we do, but we would like to show them what we do and what we are capable of doing to defend our nation. Additionally it shows them the reason why we cause so much noise during our training exercises.”

Maj. Martin Anders, a native of Glendale, Arizona, and the executive officer for 1-27th Inf., was the officer in charge of the CAPEX for this year’s TLW. Anders played a pivotal role as the OIC having to coordinate the placement and movements of the units within 1-27th Inf., as well as 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery, and 3rd Bn., 25th Aviation Regt.

Though the exercise was to showcase 1-27th Inf., it was vital to include collaborating units, as they would be used in a deployed environment. The amount of realism that the units displayed gave spectators an accurate and powerful presentation of how they perform in actual combat.

Division Artillery Commander, Col. Christopher J. Cardoni, explains what a capabilities exercise Oct. 8, is to his son Dominick. To support the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during their CAPEX the 2nd Battalion, 11th Artillery, 2nd SBCT, provide indirect fire with two M777 Howitzers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Division Artillery Commander, Col. Christopher J. Cardoni, explains what a capabilities exercise Oct. 8, is to his son Dominick. To support the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, during their CAPEX the 2nd Battalion, 11th Artillery, 2nd SBCT, provide indirect fire with two M777 Howitzers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“It was a pleasure to watch the CAPEX, other than the fact that it was the Wolfhounds and not the Golden Dragons,” said Jones, laughing. “But seriously, it was impressive. The mobility that they have with that amount of firepower is a whole new world to me. The coordination with the artillery and aviation was just impressive.”

Tom Jones, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, traveled from his home to Hawaii specifically to experience TLW. Jones, who served with the 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, from 1963 to 1966, has been supporting the 25th ID for many years, including contributing to the building of the Vietnam War Memorial located at Division Headquarters.

“I love to come back to support the 25th ID because Soldiers are part of the 1 percent of America (who) carry the load of defending the nation’s freedom,” said Jones. “I appreciate it and I wish others to as well.”

Helping civilians and military families to understand what the Army’s mission is was a key point of the CAPEX.

Veterans, military families and members of the local community make their way to the observation area Oct. 8, to view 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s, Capabilities Exercise during Tropic Lightning Week. The Soldiers of the 1-27th IR are hoping to bridge the gap between the local community and the Army through this demonstration. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Veterans, military families and members of the local community make their way to the observation area Oct. 8, to view 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s, Capabilities Exercise during Tropic Lightning Week. The Soldiers of the 1-27th IR are hoping to bridge the gap between the local community and the Army through this demonstration. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“We are hoping to maintain a better relationship with the civilian community after this exercise,” said Anders. “With the last 12 years of combat overseas, we have lost touch with our community roots. We hope to rebuild that with demonstrations like this.”

With this CAPEX, the 1-27th Inf. is not only bridging the gap between the local community and the Army, but also proving to the chain of command that it is still more than capable to accomplish any combat mission necessary.

 

A UH-60 Blackhawk with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, provides medical evacuation support Oct. 8, to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd SBCT, during a capabilities exercise. The 3-25th AR, played a critical part in the CAPEX by providing support assets throughout the exercise to the 1-27 IR. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

A UH-60 Blackhawk with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, provides medical evacuation support Oct. 8, to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd SBCT, during a capabilities exercise. The 3-25th AR, played a critical part in the CAPEX by providing support assets throughout the exercise to the 1-27 IR. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

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