Mastering their equipment

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    Photo (stock photo) & Story by Erik Warren



FORT HOOD, Texas – “Shoot; move; communicate; kill - becoming proficient in these skills takes long hours of training.”

More than 270 Soldiers from 3rd Squadron “Thunder” 3d Cavalry Regiment, took part in a live-fire gunnery March 18-28 at training areas on post. The gunnery is designed to hone combat skills in a realistic environment for the purpose of cultivating essential battle tasks while honing small team communication skills.

The exercise encompassed the Thunder motor pool, Training Area 60, Henson Mountain, Brown’s Creek, and Dalton Mountain Multi-use Ranges. Training the squadron over such varied locations gave the exercise a sense of realism essential for effective combat readiness.

“Other than getting the vehicle teams qualified; this training got the teams to be more tight knit,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Morgan, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the exercise. “This event will improve the communication within the Stryker teams thus making them more efficient at there jobs – allowing team members to know how each will act within a split second.”

When this gunnery is over and the entire Squadron is qualified on their Stryker vehicles, they will commence another training exercise next month that will integrate mounted infantry entity with Stryker teams. This situational training exercise combines each of the units and puts into action tactics and maneuvers that can be implemented on the battlefield.

Troopers from the unit were qualified on various Stryker variants, during which the teams learned to operate as a “well oiled machine.” 

“The gunnery is important because the Troopers will be familiar with their equipment and its capabilities,” said Morgan. “When we finish the Soldiers of Thunder Squadron will know they can trust their battle buddies to the left and right.”

The Troopers got the opportunity to put their knowledge and abilities into action while proving themselves in their specific Military Occupational Specialty. Getting out of the Regimental area and into the field is where a Cavalry Trooper gets to stretch their legs and be him/herself.

For Spc. Dilbagh Singh, a multi-channel transmission system operator assigned to Havoc Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3d CR, the gunnery offered him the chance to deploy communication equipment like the 15-meter mast and the Satellite Transportable Terminal, which is a ground satellite antenna that enables the Troopers in the squadron’s Tactical Operations Center to transmit and receive Internet.

“Its good to get out here, and use the skills I have learned ever since AIT,” said Singh. “I got a sense of accomplishment because I did my job well and learned how I could do it better next time.”

This sort of exercise was a multi-level tool that the 3d Cavalry Regiment, as it continues to learn and master the Stryker vehicles, will continue to use so that our Troopers become the most effective, well trained and combat ready Stryker battalion.

 This sort of exercise was a multi-level tool that leaders of 3d Cavalry Regiment will continue to utilize in the pursuit of becoming the most effective, well trained and combat ready Stryker battalion.