‘Wolfhounds,’ Singapore army conduct live fire

| August 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Heavy weapons teams and scouts with HHC, 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID are implemented into a support-by-fire position.

Story and photos by Spc. Patrick Kirby
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, and Singapore troops with 9th Inf. Bde., 6th Div., Singapore Armed Forces, trained together during a combined arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX), here, for exercise Tiger Balm, July 28.

“I thought it went well,” said Bill Walsh Company C, 2-27th Inf. Regt. “The cohesion between the SAF and the Americans goes to show how well-planned this event was, and shows how well each country can adapt and work together.”

SAF soldiers were the assaulting forces, with Wolfhounds taking up in support by fire positions, emplacing their M240s, .50 caliber MA2, Mark 19 grenade launcher, and scout teams to take out key targets while the Singapore forces assaulted the objective.

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Scout teams assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-27th Inf. Regt., are implemented and placed with the support by fire positions during the CALFEX at the PTA, July 28.

“It was a good experience for the boys,” said Capt. Aaron Teow, 9th Inf. Bde., 6th Div., SAF. “It is nice to be on an outdoor range that gives realistic training and scenarios. All of our ranges our indoors.”

Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise that has been occurring for 36 years now, changing from Singapore on odd-numbered years and U.S. on even-numbered years.

“Executing the CALFEX with the SAF platoon was a positive experience,” said 2nd Lt. Adam Scheenstra, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 2-27th Inf. Regt. “The integration of SAF with a U.S. company during the live fire built competence within both formations, and also confidence with working together in a combat scenario.”

The CALFEX began with 2-27th Inf. Regt.’s Delta Co. opening covering fire on the target, so Charlie Co. could set up their support by fire position.

Once the Wolfhounds set up the support position, the breach team went in and cleared the concertina wire, allowing the Singapore forces to assault the objective.

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U.S. and Singapore troops assault the final objective during the bilateral exercise Tiger Balm 16.

“It was nice for us to have a new environment to train on,” said Sgt. AviNash Vonreh, 9th Inf. Bde., 6th Div., SAF. “The new terrain and bigger open spaces give us plenty of space to train properly. It also gives us more confidence working with the Americans because most of them have been to war and we haven’t.”

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