25th Special Troops Bn. trains for Big Island rotation

| May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The lead truck in a 25th Special Troops battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, fires rounds at a notional enemy target April 29, during a live fire convoy lane as part of training exercise Orion Strike. Soldiers taking part in Orion Strike were training in preparation for Operation UÕlia Pau in May at Pohakula Training Area on the island of Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs).

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The lead truck in a 25th Special Troops battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, fires rounds at a notional enemy target April 29, during a live fire convoy lane as part of training exercise Orion Strike. Soldiers taking part in Orion Strike were training in preparation for Operation U’lia Pau in May at Pohakula Training Area on the island of Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs).

Story and photos by
Sgt. Ian Ives
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS Despite the rain and muggy weather, Soldiers with the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, conducted tactical sustainment operations April 28-30th during operation Orion Strike in preparation for an upcoming exercise at the Pohakula Training Area, Hawaii.

During the training exercise, each unit trained in its respective area of expertise, but was also required to run through a convoy live-fire exercise.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the postal platoon with the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, train inspecting and delivering mail April 28, for Soldiers during training exercise Orion Strike. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs /Released).

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the postal platoon with the 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, train inspecting and delivering mail April 28, for Soldiers during training exercise Orion Strike. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs /Released).

From postal services to financial aid, the units that comprise the 25th STB can provide a large variety of sustainment capabilities to warfighters in austere environments.

Exercise Orion Strike was designed to hone Sustainers’ military occupational specialty while maintaining their basic Soldier skills to reaction to enemy contact in order to sustain the fight.

“In actual combat, anything can happen,” said Staff Sgt. Eduardo Rivera, an operations and planning noncommissioned officer for the 25th STB. “These Soldiers are training on live-fire lanes so that they are able to react to any type of enemy fire without any issues.”

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Felix Diaz, a Soldier from the 73rd Signal Company, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, works on a radio for a HMMWV during training exercise Orion Strike. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs /Released).

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Felix Diaz, a Soldier from the 73rd Signal Company, 25th Special Troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, works on a radio for a HMMWV during training exercise Orion Strike. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs /Released).

The convoy live fire was performed in three stages: a dry run, a run of the lane with blank ammunitions and ending with a run through firing live rounds.

“The purpose of this range is to familiarize Soldiers with their weapons and firing them from turrets and practicing convoy movements while firing,” said 1st Lt. Sherril Rawlinson, a platoon leader with 259th Human Resources Company, 25th STB, and the officer in charge of the live-fire range. “We want the Soldiers to hone-in to become comfortable and confident in their skills before executing the convoy live-fire exercise at Pohakula Training Area.”

While the convoy live-fire range was an overall focus, each unit trained to perfect its individual craft in the field. In particular, the postal service team worked diligently at handling mail and inspecting packages.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. Patrick Wood, a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th Special troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, takes guard inside the inside the battalion operating base during training exercise Orion Strike. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs /Released).

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sgt. Patrick Wood, a Soldier with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th Special troops Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, takes guard inside the inside the battalion operating base during training exercise Orion Strike. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs /Released).

“The postal service is one of the top morale boosters for all Soldiers,” said Rivera. “This is something that must be maintained, and the Soldiers operating that mission must be qualified to handle mail.”

At the end of the exercise, Soldiers from the 25th Special Troops Battalion emerged competent in convoy operation and base fortification, and they were technically proficient in their occupation specialties.

Now the “Whatever It takes” Battalion stands ready to execute operation U’ila Pau, which begins in the middle of May until the beginning of June on the island of Hawai’i at PTA.

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