- On Thursday, 1-508 PIR promoted two officers to Captain - Derek
Lyons (our lead planner) and Mark Atangan (our S3 Air).
1-508 PIR conducted recovery operations from company live fire
exercises at NTC (maintenance, railhead/container/vehicle
operations). C Co remains at NTC as OPFOR under 1-11 ACR. CPT Elgin
and his company truly represented 3BCT and the division, destroying
over 15 Strykers and over two-plus companies of dismounted
infantrymen in their first battle from the west side of Tiefort
Mountain. In true LGOP fashion, BLUEFOR feedback the next day was
they thought they were being attacked by a battalion of OPFOR.
During the second battle as the Rear Guard, C Co destroyed four
Strykers with Javelins. The third night, C Co seized "Brigade Hill"
and destroyed six more Strykers, including the BLUEFOR Recon
battalion commander. The 1-11 ACR command team awarded C Co the
"Order of Hamby" for their decisive role as OPFOR. Overall great
training for C Co, who will be able to bring back valuable lessons
for the battalion to employ at JRTC.
My BN S4, future BN S4 and I attended the D-90 Conference at JRTC
9-11 May. We will incorporate the information we received from all
our visits, briefs, and recons into future planning for a no-doubt
successfully deployment, exercise, and redeployment.
Additionally, this week we have Paratroopers in CPOF, JCR, and
Master Raven training. On Saturday, 1-508 PIR will execute an
airborne operation on Sicily DZ with a total of 7 x C130 and 280
1-508 PIR will have a DONSA on Monday (from Camp Lejeune), then
return for Clean Sweep and preparations for All American Week and
the BCT Change of Command. D Co will execute a change of command on
Wednesday, with CPT Dave Quantock passing the guidon to CPT Paul
- AIRBORNE OPERATIONS:
1-508 PIR exited 32 Paratroopers on Wednesday's Federal Eagle
jump, with all Paratroopers earning their German Parachutist Badges.
On Saturday, our battalion will run the 7 x C130 line with 280
Paratroopers from 1-508, 5/73 CAV, and HHBN on Sicily Drop Zone.
- LEADER DEVELOPMENT:
1-508 PIR has two Paratroopers in Ranger School (Darby Phase),
with five recent PRC grads attending the next Ranger School class.
We have three Paratroopers who will test the Big 4 on the next PRC
Course. Additionally, we have five future Jumpmasters are on the
"Needs PWAC" roster and another six in the current Jumpmaster
"BUILD READY AND RESILIENT PARATROOPERS AND FAMILIES":
- HHC conducted their monthly FRG meeting on Tuesday at the Pope
FRG center. Next month's FRG meeting will be at Dragon Bowling Lanes
on 14 June.
- A heavy focus this week has been coordination with our Gold
Star Families attending AAW this year. We currently have five
families attending and have assigned sponsors to each in preparation
for their arrival.
MAJ Dru Rhodes
1-508 PIR Operations Officer
3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV
FURY FROM THE SKY