Warriors from 2-14 CAV Recon get back to basics

| February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Soldiers with C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, carry Pfc. Alexander D. Rice, a radio transmission operator with C Trp, 2-14 Cav. Regt., to medically evacuate him after simulating a gunshot wound during a Squad Live Fire training event here on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Jan. 29-Feb. 1. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David N. Beckstrom, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. David N. Beckstrom
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Reconnaissance cavalry scouts are considered the eyes and ears of the battlefield commander. When a higher unit requests information about the enemy and their capabilities, scouts gather that information.

They constantly train to remain proficient in these specialty tasks, but to be truly successful, they must be confident and proficient in their basic Soldier tasks, skills and drills.

That was the focus for troopers assigned to Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division during a live fire training event, here, Jan. 29–Feb. 1.

Staff Sgt. Jason Brill, a reconnaissance team leader with C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, instructs his Soldier to bound forward during a Squad Live Fire training event here on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Jan. 29 Ð Feb. 1. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David N. Beckstrom, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

“Since we are so close to the enemy fighting positions, we need to stay proficient at our basic warrior tasks and drills in order to ensure mission success,” said Pfc. Alexander D. Rice, a radio transmission operator with C Troop. 2-14 Cav. Regt. “Plus, we are still infantry. If we don’t practice these basics, they will get rusty, and if we were to ever have a real world issue like this, I don’t want to have to worry about my skills nor my teams.”

When their scouts are able to perform even the most basic skills on the battlefield, commanders can be comfortable in knowing they can rely on them to do whatever is necessary to be mission successful.

Taking it back to basics, the training event was designed to sharpen skills, such as conducting maneuver drills, executing medical evacuations, performing casualty care and enemy prisoner of war operations.

Soldiers with C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conduct a Squad Live Fire training event, sharpening their war fighting skills, here on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii Jan. 29 Ð Feb. 1. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David N. Beckstrom, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

“Being able to conduct kinetic missions allows us to have a wider range of capabilities on the battlefield,” said 1st Lt. John E. Bolen Jr., a recon platoon leader with C Troop. 2-14 Cav. Regt. “Our main mission is to observe and report on the enemies movement, but since we are still Soldiers, we need to be proficient at the basic warrior tasks as well.”

These type of training events not only maintain readiness but also help instill a sense camaraderie and trust within teams that might one day be required to answer the nation’s call to deploy, responding to real world contingencies.

Family is what drives Staff Sgt. Jason L. Brill, a recon team leader with C Troop, 2-14 Cav. Regt., to make sure his Soldiers are the best in all they do. He said his Soldiers are part of his family and he wants them to understand that they are a team, a family, brothers- and sisters-in-arms and they all take care of each other.

“I want to ensure that my Soldiers are ready to fight at all times, because you never know what the future hold,” he said. “Every training event we hold I make sure that we put everything we have into it each time because if we are smooth in our training exercises then I know that we will be perfect on the battlefield.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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