Lightning Support prepares to sustain, support 25th ID exercise

| January 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office 25th Sustainment Brigade Leaders conducted a Rehearsal of Concept Drill for Soldiers throughout the 25th Infantry Division and USARHAW on Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 21. The drill was meant to coordinate and synchronize sustainment and distribution activities in support of 25th Infantry Division's upcoming Lighting Forge exercise.

25th Sustainment Brigade Leaders conducted a Rehearsal of Concept Drill for Soldiers throughout the 25th Infantry Division and USARHAW on Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 21. The drill was meant to coordinate and synchronize sustainment and distribution activities in support of 25th Infantry Division’s upcoming Lighting Forge exercise.

 

Story and photos by Sgt. Erin Sherwood
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — 25th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers conducted a rehearsal of concept (ROC) drill at Wheeler Gulch, here, Jan. 21, to brief Soldiers on the upcoming Lightning Forge exercise they’ve been preparing for since early October.

“Lightning Forge is probably our biggest division exercise on Schofield,” said Maj. Eddie Gray, support operations officer for the 25th Sust. Bde. “It provides an opportunity for all of our systems, units and processes to be exercised over a three-week period.”

The exercise involves all units under the 25th Infantry Division. The ROC drill was planned for Soldiers across the division and other Army Hawaii units to coordinate and synchronize distribution activities.

“As a sustainment unit, our job is to plan and think ahead,” said Gray. “We are the ones receiving the force on the ground, transporting Soldiers and equipment to tactical areas, and supporting troops for the duration of the fight.”

The exercise simulates a deployment for troops to anywhere in the world. Soldiers will practice specific tasks associated with their military specialty, as well as general field operations, such as establishing a unit area, operating a vehicle on a convoy and establishing host communications while supporting 25th ID training objectives.

“The ROC drill really allows us to communicate and get on the same sheet of music with everyone in the exercise,” said Gray. “It’s a high payoff for us because we learn how to plan and execute much more quickly than we would have to with an actual deployment.”

The range of equipment and troops involved makes preliminary planning and communication a necessity. There are still many operations to work out next week as Lightning Forge begins.

“The biggest challenge, so far, has been synchronization between individual unit plans and the plan as a whole,” said Gray. “I’ve learned a lot and am looking forward to being in the field again. I think it will be a great experience.”

Photo by Sgt. Erin Sherwood, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office Capt. Michelle Crowe, of the 25th Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, briefs Soldiers throughout the 25th Infantry Division and USARHAW during a Sustainment Rehearsal of Concept Drill at the Multiple Deployment Facility on Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 21. The drill was meant to coordinate and synchronize sustainment and distribution activities in support of 25th Infantry Division's upcoming Lighting Forge exercise.

Capt. Michelle Crowe, of the 25th Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, briefs Soldiers at the Multiple Deployment Facility on Wheeler Army Airfield, Jan. 21.

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