DIVARTY conducts Table XVIII training

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
A C-17 crewmember guides the AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder Weapon Locating System into the aircraft, the heavist load to date to take off from WAAF.

A C-17 crewmember guides the AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder Weapon Locating System into the aircraft, the heavist load to date to take off from WAAF.

1st Lt. James Dyer
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKHAM — Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Div., recently honed their skills by conducting a Table XVIII BN certification live-fire exercise at Pohakuloa Training Area.

To accomplish this mission, the 25th DIVARTY mobility team of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Derek Bartunek and Staff Sgt. David Heron worked with the 535th Airlift Squadron out of Hickam Air Force Base to load the AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder Weapon Locating System. It was the heaviest load to date to take off from Wheeler Army Airfield, according to Mike Oshansi, airfield manager, WAAF Base Operations.

This was the first time in many years that a complete AN/TPQ-37 radar was loaded on a C-17; the last time was in 2010. It is a primary indirect fire sensor that provides location data of incoming artillery and rocket fire for a variety of responders (counter fire, maneuver forces on the ground and air, and the Air Force), as stated by the Armies Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar Operations manual.

The Table XVIII live-fire exercise is an excellent opportunity for the Headquarters and Headquarters Bn. Radar Platoon to deploy and train on its fire competencies as they observe the artillery rounds being fired, according to 1st Sgt. Brian D. Pettway, HHB, 25th DIVARTY.

The exercise consists of all 18 guns in the battalion massing their fires. They’re graded on timing and the accuracy of their fires; it’s a pre-Combat Training Center requirement by Forces Command.

In order to coordinate the move of a system as large as the Q-37 radar by air, it would normally take the work of multiple agencies over the course of a month and cost the Army around $16,000 per flight hour. The 25th DIVARTY planned the movement in just three days, a feat that had never been completed before. Because the movement of the radar presented a great training opportunity for the Air Force, it paid for the flight as part of the training.

“It’s a great training opportunity when you can exercise a radar’s ability to rapidly deploy within 96 hours, observe rounds and then redeploy. It’s a true testament to a unit’s character, motivation and lethality,” Pettway said.

Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Stone, senior radar operator at DIVARTY, said the exercise demonstrated the unit’s ability to rapidly deploy anywhere in the Pacific region.

“The off-the-shelf plan that was built provides the 25th ID additional flexibility in the deployment of their artillery assets. This flexibility is immensely important due to the dispersed nature of the Pacific theater. The joint training and practice for a rapid deployment added to the already lethal and effective nature of the 25th DIVARTY and the 25th Inf. Div.,” Stone said.

Deploying the radar to the Big Island by air for the first time is just one of the many things DIVARTY does daily that focuses on training readiness and being able to deploy rapidly. Since the 25th DIVARTY stood up in October 2014, it has actively participated in Pacific Pathways 15-01, Lightning Forge, Joint Readiness Training Center and multinational events across the Pacific area of responsibility.

The unit always has the focus of becoming the best DIVARTY in the Army and enabling the 25th ID to fight and win engagements from counter insurgency to near peer.

(Editor’s note: Dyer is the unit public affairs representative for the 25th DIVARTY.)

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