Tropic Lightning Division takes a look at year

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
A machinegun team with the 1-27 Infantry Regiment secures an objective at Area X-ray on Schofield Barracks, HI, October 31. Lightning Forge 17 is a home-station culminating training event that will prepare Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, their unit, and their families for future operations and to develop combat readiness as an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th ID Public Affairs)

A machinegun team with the 1-27 Infantry Regiment secures an objective at Area X-ray on Schofield Barracks, HI, October 31. Lightning Forge 17 is a home-station culminating training event that will prepare Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, their unit, and their families for future operations and to develop combat readiness as an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th ID Public Affairs)

25th Infantry Division
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — This was an exciting year for the 25th Infantry Division as we fostered positive relationships with our allies, enhanced our capabilities, and provided Soldiers the best training in the Army.

There was a change in leadership, welcoming in Maj. Gen. Christopher Cavoli as the new division commanding general and U.S Army-Hawaii senior mission commander.

The Jungle Operations Training Course is a premier training location for leadership development and jungle skills. It was also a testing site for new Army equipment as 25th ID Soldiers were given the opportunity to test new uniforms and robots, which could be used for future operations.

“This training event has been an exercise to address the basis of issue for Soldier multiuse equipment transport robots in the Pacific region,” said Joseph Alexander, Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineer Center representative.

Soldiers of the 1-27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, conduct squad level drills during Lightning Forge 17 at Schofield Barracks, HI. Lightning Forge 17 is a home-station culminating training event that will prepare Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, their unit, and their families for future operations and to develop combat readiness as an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th ID Public Affairs)

Soldiers of the 1-27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, conduct squad level drills during Lightning Forge 17 at Schofield Barracks, HI. Lightning Forge 17 is a home-station culminating training event that will prepare Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, their unit, and their families for future operations and to develop combat readiness as an Infantry Brigade Combat Team. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Morales, 25th ID Public Affairs)

Working with the Tropic Lightning Soldiers firsthand is how Army research labs could extend the reach and capability of a platoon or company.

Tropic Lightning Soldiers also trained with partner nations with Pacific Pathways rotations throughout the region.  Combined training proves to be a force multiplier, which allows greater responsiveness in the division’s area of responsibility.

The 25th not only trains in the jungle, but also in the air. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team had the opportunity to work with Marine and Air Force counterparts in March while conducting fast rope insertion extraction system techniques.

“We did the rappelling from the UH-60s, and we got some good rappel techniques,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tim Briggs, platoon sergeant, Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th  Cavalry Regiment, 3BCT. “We kind of fine-tuned those techniques. … With the fast rope, it’s a little bit different, a little bit higher risk.”

Training to defend America is paramount in the Pacific region. The 25th Sustainment Brigade is confident in the ability to provide realistic combat simulations while working with Marine Corps aviation. Lightning Support Soldiers conducted convoy live-fire operations throughout the months of August and September.

“As a sustainment brigade, our primary role is to distribute commodities across the battlefield for the warfighter – in that, we must be able to provide convoy security for our commodities as they distribute supplies across the battle space,” said Capt. Daniel R. Dexter, 25th Sust. Bde. “In order to do that, we must perform training exercises like Lightning Support Aegis to become as efficient as possible.”

U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 Miguel Flores, a mobility officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ÒBroncos,Ó 25th Infantry Division, is one of 56.6 million Hispanics that are part of the American family. Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual observance held Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, to honor all those from Latin America and their descendants living today in the United States.

U.S. Army Warrant Officer 1 Miguel Flores, a mobility officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ÒBroncos,Ó 25th Infantry Division, is one of 56.6 million Hispanics that are part of the American family. Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual observance held Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, to honor all those from Latin America and their descendants living today in the United States.

The 25th Division Artillery Brigade continues to support the division’s efforts in numerous exercises to include Yama Sakura and Lightning Forge. Tropic Thunder Soldiers aim to set the standard across the Army with world-class artillery support.

By the same token, 2nd and 3rd BCTs deployed in support of Pacific Pathways exercises in order to capitalize on training opportunities. This addressed requests from allies and partners for increased bilateral training, increasing the complexity of exercises and exchange opportunities.

The Bronco Brigade participated in exercise Orient Shield 16 with Japan Ground Self-Defense Forces at Aibano Training Area, Japan. Troops from JGSDF and the Wolfhounds trained together during various combat scenarios solidifying a relationship, which will support both parties strategically.

Additionally, 3rd BCT conducted a capabilities exercise led by the 2nd Battalion, 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, at the Battle Area Complex. More than 200 Soldiers performed before 450 spectators during the exercise to conclude the annual Tropic Lightning Week held in the beginning of October.

“The CAPEX really brings in a company task force,” said Lt. Col. John E. Hill, commander, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3BCT. “Typically, a lot of our training is done with the enablers that the battalion can provide. However, during the capabilities exercise we bring in aviation, artillery, and we bring in engineer assists.”

An AH-64D Longbow Apache assigned to the 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, fires rockets at a target at the Battle Area Complex (BAX) on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 6, 2016. The 25th CAB provided aerial support for Task Force Cacti during a live fire capabilities exercise (CAPEX) at the end of Tropic Lightning Week. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

An AH-64D Longbow Apache assigned to the 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, fires rockets at a target at the Battle Area Complex (BAX) on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on Oct. 6, 2016. The 25th CAB provided aerial support for Task Force Cacti during a live fire capabilities exercise (CAPEX) at the end of Tropic Lightning Week. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The 2nd BCT completed a turn-in of more than 300 M1126 Stryker Combat Vehicles as it transforms from a Stryker to a light Infantry Brigade Combat Team. During this transformation, the 2nd BCT continued to support the local communities with a beach cleanup, numerous parades and special events with sponsored schools.

The Tropic Lightning Division has made significant enhancements in its capabilities greatly increasing combat readiness.

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