Ready for Action

Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hall
15th Financial Management Company
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq — Being able to fire an assigned weapon effectively is one fo the most important skills Soldiers bring to a combat environment.

Soldiers with the 15th Financial Management Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), conducted reflexive fire training April 23 at Camp Liberty, Iraq to continue honing that skill.

Reflexive fire helps Soldiers feel more comfortable firing their weapons in the standing position, while moving from side to side and while moving forward, said Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Fermanich, senior noncommissioned officer with the 15th Fin. Management Co.

Previously, weapons training focused on firing from the foxhole and prone positions, Fermanich said.

Each Soldier with the 15th Fin. Manangement Co.had a chance to practice the new techniques without rounds the day prior to the live-fire exercise.

“It gave us a good idea of what we were going to do the following day. (The training) was brief and to the point … and the Soldiers had fun,” said Spc. Timothy Thompson, a finance Soldier with the 15th Fin. Management Co.

The following morning, the Soldiers arrived at the range and were briefed on safety. Following careful instructions, the Soldiers started from the stationary position, turned in the direction given by instructors and began to fire at targets from ranges of 15 to 25 meters, Fermanich said.

As the training progressed toward more advanced techniques, the Soldiers also integrated walking forward to eliminate threats.

The next exercise was target discrimination. The instructor called out a shape and color and the Soldiers rapidly scanned and engaged these specific targets.

The rain from previous days, as well as the uneven ground, made the training a challenging experience, however, and the exercise was a success, Fermanich said.

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Spc. Tyrone Francis a Soldier with the 15th Financial Management Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) engages a target at the reflexive fire range April 23 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Soldiers fired at targets from 15 to 25 meters away and practiced firing while moving side to side and forward. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Wallet)

 

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Soldiers with the 15th Financial Management Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) prepare to conduct a reflexive fire exercise April 23 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Soldiers fired at targets from 15 to 25 meters away and practiced firing while moving side to side and forward. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Wallet)

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Spc. Nathan B. DuBose, a Soldier with the 15th Financial Management Company, 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) engages a target at the reflexive fire range April 23 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Soldiers fired at targets from 15 to 25 meters away and practiced firing while moving side to side and forward. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Michael Wallet)