1-508 PIR conducted our battalion attack on an 80+ building OBJ,
then transitioned to ISB Reno for company live fire exercises at NTC
Overall an amazing opportunity to deploy out here and conduct
CALFEXs with nearly unlimited constraints. Commanders were allowed
100% freedom to plan their own maneuver and employment of fires. The
task-organized companies (2 x light PLTs & 1 x mounted heavy weapons
PLT) maneuvered 2.5km to their OBJ through mountainous terrain,
employing their organic weapon systems (.50, MK-19, M240B, M320,
etc.) to engage and destroy 35 dismounted enemy and 8 trucks on the
mountainside surrounding the OBJ and another 45 enemy personnel
barricaded in the seven buildings on their OBJ. At their disposal,
commanders employed C/1-319 AFAR's 155mm howitzers (HE, illum, white
phosphorus), battalion's 120mm and 81mm mortars (HE, FRTR, IR illum),
and their organic 60mm mortars (HE, FRTR, illum) to echelon fires
from SP until they fired the FPF just north of the OBJ. Commanders
also utilized a RAVEN to gather real-time intel on the OBJ;
battalion snipers located at company support by fire positions to
engage keyhole window targets on the OBJ; Sappers from B/307 BEB
attached to each PLT to conduct two explosive breaches on wire
obstacles surrounding the OBJ and two explosive door breaches on the
OBJ; and multiple AT-4s to destroy technical vehicles (hulks)
surrounding the OBJ. Lastly, 1SGs landed an HH60 Air MEDEVAC bird
from C/2-916 AVN to land on the OBJ and evacuate simulated
The battalion employed internal OC coverage to allow platoon
leaders and platoon sergeants to validate each iteration and also
see different maneuver and attack plans across the companies.
Throughout the CALFEX, HHC and J Co supported all training at FOB
Seattle and ISB Reno with TOC/TAC operations, medical support from
two aid stations (-), field feeding from the combat kitchen,
maintenance, and ammunition distribution. Lastly, J Co conducted
convoy training at Junction City, react to contact drills, TCP
establishment, movement formations, react to IED drills, and
On Friday we will redeploy MB1 redeploys on Friday, followed by
MB2 on Monday. C Co will remain at NTC as OPFOR under 1-11 ACR and
will move into "The Box" on Friday. 1-11 ACR is exploring the
possibility of jumping them into a nearby DZ.
1-508 PIR will conduct recovery from NTC and planning for our BN
ABN Operation on 14 May. We will also send 3 members of our staff to
the DJRTC -90 Conference.
- AIRBORNE OPERATIONS:
1-508 PIR exited no Paratroopers this week. Next week we will
provide Paratroopers for the Federal Eagle jump and plan and execute
a battalion line with 4 x C130H on Saturday, 14 May.
- LEADER DEVELOPMENT:
1-508 PIR has 2 x Paratroopers in Ranger School (Darby Phase),
with 5 recent PRC grads attending the next Ranger School class. We
have 3 Paratroopers who will test the Big 4 on the next PRC Course.
- 3 future Jumpmasters are on the "Needs PWAC" roster, with 3
Paratroopers still testing on JMPI.
- 1 Paratrooper is currently enrolled in HAZMAT (expected
graduation 6 MAY).
- 1 Paratrooper is at Pathfinder (expected graduation 6 MAY).
- 2 Paratroopers are in ALC (expected graduation 11MAY).
- 8 Paratroopers are at BLC (expected graduation 18 MAY).
MAJ Dru Rhodes
1-508 PIR Operations Officer
3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV
FURY FROM THE SKY