‘Raiders’ participate in Jungle Operation Training Center

| February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Abrahamson, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldiers assigned to 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, learn jungle-based individual movement techniques from a 25th ID Lightning Academy instructor.

Photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher Abrahamson, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Soldiers assigned to 3-4th Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, learn jungle-based individual movement techniques from a 25th ID Lightning Academy instructor.

 

1st Lt. Joseph Salmento
3rd Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participated in jungle warfare training at the 25th ID Lightning Academy’s Jungle Operation Training Center, Jan. 11-29th.

The “Raiders” learned a variety of skills to operate in a jungle environment, with the first week of instruction focusing on jungle movement and survival skills.

In preparation for living in the jungle for three weeks, the Lightning Academy taught classes on waterproofing, wildlife identification and food procurement. Soldiers received instruction on rope movement techniques, waterborne movement and tracking.

Soldiers assigned to 3-4 Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, learn jungle based individual movement techniques from a 25th ID Lightning Academy instructor. Troopers spent their time, Jan. 11-29, learning jungle warfare training at the Jungle Operation Training Center (JOTC). (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Abrahamson, 3-4 Cav. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID)

3-4 Cav. Soldiers learn jungle based individual movement techniques from a 25th ID Lightning Academy instructor. Troopers spent their time, Jan. 11-29, learning about jungle warfare.

The second week of JOTC focused on squad level operations in a jungle environment. Classes focused on conducting ambushes, raids and reacting to contact in the jungle. Soldiers demonstrated their new skills in a variety of squad and team lanes.

The final week focused on platoon level operations with instruction on patrolling and patrol base operations in the jungle.

Three days of patrolling evaluated each Soldier’s ability to operate in a jungle environment with the culminating event called the “Green Mile,” consisting of a ruck march followed by a series of five obstacles. At the end, the Soldiers rappelled down a gulch with their equipment.

JOTC provided the 3-4th Cav. Raiders with valuable lessons in jungle warfare.

(Editor’s Note: Salmento is with the 3-4th Cav. Regt.)

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