Indiana Guard conducts annual training in Hawaii w/2IBCT

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lt. Col. Shawn Eaken (left), commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana National Guard, receives several briefs during the Military Decision Making Process at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2017. Eaken and the 1-151 Inf. Reg. is working with 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division as part of the Associated Unit Pilot Program, which aims to increase the overall readiness of the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Suzanna F. Endsley, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Maj. Karen Roxberry
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In October 2016, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, “Warrior Brigade,” 25th Infantry Division, and the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment of the Indiana National Guard entered into the Army’s new chapter in readiness as part of the Associated Units Pilot Program, or AUPP, during a patching ceremony in Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

AUPP pairs a Reserve or Guard unit with an active duty unit to increase the readiness and responsiveness of the Army as a total force. Soldiers of 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. wear the 25th ID patch and the 2IBCT commander is responsible for approving their training programs.

Since last year’s patching ceremony, 2IBCT and 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. have implemented ways to make their pairing excel through staff exchanges, as well as capitalizing on premier training ranges and schools, such as the Jungle Operations Training Center, here in Schofield Barracks, and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Camp Atterbury.

“I am confident that our association will set the standard for the Army,” said Col. Anthony Lugo, commander for 2IBCT. “Our relationship will ensure that all Soldiers in the Warrior Brigade, whether at home station in Hawaii or at Camp Atterbury, regardless of component, are prepared to decisively fight and win.”

A critical training event for both units was a first-ever, two-week annual summer training, held here in Schofield Barracks, for Soldiers of 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt.

Aug. 17, Soldiers of the 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. arrived at Barber’s Point Airfield to embark on their annual training, focused on the military decision making process, or MDMP, geared towards the Pacific terrain, a command post exercise, a class on air assault planning and participation in a live-fire training exercise.

“We are focused on the mission command post operations, staff MDMP, as well as squad live fires,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Eaken, commander for 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. “We also want to look like 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, so some of our challenges are bridging gaps with our current equipment and compatibility.

Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana National Guard and 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team train side by side during a live fire training exercise on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Aug. 18, 2017. This training was part of the Associated Unit Pilot Program, which focuses on maintaining readiness across the entire military. (Photo by Sgt. David N. Beckstrom, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

“The nice aspect of being able to bring our squads over is that they can work with fellow squads so that we are doing operations the same way that 2IBCT does it,” he said. “So when we follow on with major training exercises like Lightning Forge or at the Joint Readiness Training Center, we’ll be able to go and operate as one of the maneuver battalions.”

The brigade planners and staff designed a training event that would simulate what other active duty battalions have done in the past so that 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. is validated with 2IBCT’s standard operating procedures and tactics, techniques and procedures, incorporating them as a third infantry battalion so that they are prepared to conduct follow on and contingency operations in the Pacific as part of 2IBCT.

“Being in the National Guard previously, I have an understanding of their training cycle, resources and capabilities of the Guard force,” said Capt. Derrick Lytle, 2IBCT’s lead planner for the training. “This is the first ever that 2IBCT has planned and executed this type of training, and what keeps the momentum going is constant integration and training together, so we have more exchanges planned where Soldiers from 1-151st will come and train at the Jungle Operations Center, and we will send a number of enablers to Indiana to train with them.”

The culminating event of the annual training was integration of three squads from 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. with 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt. for a live-fire exercise.

“1-151st brings to the partnership, an understanding of the Reserve force and endless talent,” said Lt. Col. Eaken, its commander. “1-151st is a great battalion with a lot of history, and we are excited to be partnered with 2IBCT. When people ask me what unit I’m a part of, I answer 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment part of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.”

Soldiers assigned to 1st Bn., 151st Inf. Regt. of the Indiana National Guard arrive at Barbers Point Airfield to participate in their two weeks of annual training with 2nd IBCT, 25th ID, as part of the Army’s Associated Units Pilot Program, which pairs Reserve and Guard units with an active duty unit. (Photo by 1st Battalion, 1-15 Infantry Regiment Unit Public Affairs Representative)

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