Realistic training provides Warrior Brigade with close to combat experience

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

2nd BCT, 25th Infantry Division, conducts Operation Warrior Fury III Sept. 13-30, 2016, on Schofield Barracks to build a foundation around light infantry fundamentals while improving overall unit readiness across its Troops, Companies, and Batteries.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As Soldiers assault in teams to clear their objectives; artillery rounds ripple through the air before exploding on their targets cause the ground to shake and rattle underneath their boots as the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, participated in Warrior Fury III, here, Sept. 13-30.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Ð A U.S. Army Soldier, assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, takes cover in the brush during Warrior Fury III Sept. 19, 2016, on Schofield Barracks.“This exercise validates our maneuver company and troop commanders ability to synchronize multiple maneuver, fire support and attack aviation assets in order to decisively fight and win in any environment,” said Col. Anthony Lugo, commander, 2nd BCT. “This training is vital in making us a combat-ready and equipped infantry brigade combat team for the Pacific command area of responsibility.”

According to Lugo, Warrior Fury III is a brigade-level exercise that will improve warfighting capabilities across the brigade.

“This exercise allows the maneuver command to gain an accuracy assessment of all mission command systems through every level,” said Capt. Lacie Long, fire direction officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 25th Division Artillery, 25th ID. “We are also using this training to keep momentum of our recent certification training of our sections and allows us to be trained and ready to deploy in support of operations in the Pacific’s area of responsibility while building unity, camaraderie, and confidence between the battalions within the whole brigade.”

According to 1st Lt. Anthony Presnell, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, the training provides a good first time experience for a lot of the brigade’s Soldiers.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Ð Warrior Brigade Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, climbs a steep hill as they move to their objective Sept. 19, 2016, on Schofield Barracks.

“This is the first time companies will be operating together on a live fire range, from heavy weapons and engineers to mortars teams and assault teams. This is the first time for infantry Soldiers to unitize different munitions, such as AT4s and bangalores,” Presnell said. “This allows us to build and gain confidence in one another as we have our Soldiers firing live rounds to the left and right as assault and clear objectives.”

By conducting realistic training, Soldiers receive the realism of combat, Presnell said.

“This is the closest a lot of Soldiers will actually get to combat, because we are firing real bullets and it provides Soldiers a little bit of realism in our training,” he said.

Throughout the training senior leaders provided junior noncommissioned officers and platoon leader with advice and feedback.

“It’s good to see all of our leadership out here supporting us through this training,” said Presnell. “They are not only walking with us but they are also providing feedback on how we can do things differently or ways we can improve as a maneuver element.”

As Warrior Fury III concluded, a foundation was formed for the Warrior Brigade to build upon during Lightning Forge 17 and prepare them for its upcoming rotation to Fort Polk, Louisiana, at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii Ð A U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, return fire room a dirt mound during Warrior Fury III Sept. 19, 2016, on Schofield Barracks.

 

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