Task Force Raider leads brigade-mounted crew qualification

| October 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
A mounted weapons crew from 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, conducts MK 19 40mm grenade launcher qualification at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The crew was part of Task Force Raider which conducted mounted gun crew qualifications for 3rd BCT battalions, Sept. 3-Oct. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Kurtis Criss, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment)

A mounted weapons crew from 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, conducts MK 19 40mm grenade launcher qualification at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The crew was part of Task Force Raider which conducted mounted gun crew qualifications for 3rd BCT battalions, Sept. 3-Oct. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Kurtis Criss, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

2nd Lt. Joseph Salmento
3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii — Task Force Raider led Soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team through a series of mounted gun crew qualifications from Sept. 3-Oct. 4.

Operation Raider Conquest deployed Soldiers from the troops assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment; Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment; 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion; and 74th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company – all in 3rd Brigade Combat Team; and the 558th Military Police Company, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, here.

Raider Squadron provided mission command and logistical support for this operation.

Before deploying to PTA, each crew qualified with its vehicles weapon system, such as the MK19 40 mm grenade launcher, M2 .50 caliber machine gun, or M240 7.62 mm machine gun. This qualification prepared the crews to successfully operate their weapon system.

At PTA, each vehicle crew accomplished Gunnery Table V and Table VI, which cannot be conducted on Oahu.

Crew practice trained crews to engage moving and stationary targets at Table V using all of the vehicles weapon systems.

A mounted weapons crew from Blackfoot Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, conducts gunnery with a M2 .50 caliber machine gun at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The crew was part of Task Force Raider which conducted mounted gun crew qualifications for 3rd BCT battalions, Sept. 3-Oct. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Kurtis Criss, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment)

A mounted weapons crew from Blackfoot Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, conducts gunnery with a M2 .50 caliber machine gun at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The crew was part of Task Force Raider which conducted mounted gun crew qualifications for 3rd BCT battalions, Sept. 3-Oct. 4. (Photo by Sgt. Kurtis Criss, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The crew qualification evaluated crews at Table VI engaging moving and stationary targets using all vehicles weapons systems while in offensive or defensive postures.

Over 30 crews successfully qualified on Table VI and received their crew certification.

The next step in their training is Table VII, the section proficiency exercise, which involves multiple vehicles, and squads firing and maneuvering together.

(Note: Salmento is the unit public affairs representative for 3-4th Cav.)

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Category: Exercises, News, Safety, Training, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa (USAG-Pohakuloa)

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  1. carlos chavarria says:

    Looking good boys and girls. Things have certainly changed since my days with the Cav. I think you’re better today, than we were then. Keep the faith. Prepared and Loyal !!

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