11 June 2016
GOOD NEWS STORIES OF THE WEEK:
- Panther of the Week: PFC Palomar is the supply clerk for Alpha
Company. This week alone he has overseen two separate draws from TASC,
one for more than $140,000 of MILES gear, and one for UTM training supplies
that he then needed to transport to an active range and distribute to
an entire company that was in the process of executing training. These
equipment draws, distributions, and recollections were executed with
zero loss. Beyond this, PFC Palomar has flawlessly executed his tasks
for 3BCT's Lateral Transfer Rodeo. This included completing over 10
lateral transfers without any significant issues. PFC Palomar also navigated
his way through an ambiguous process to complete a turn in of two obsolete
ICAMs. PFC Palomar consistently operates with very little oversight
and never fails to achieve success. On top of all this, he has completed
his regular tasks of Class II and IX ordering, SSA pickups, and inventories,
with the utmost initiative and diligence.
This past week during the 72nd Anniversary of D-day in Normandy,
AA6 frocked our D Co 1SG, SFC(P) Creel to 1SG at the St Mere-Eglise
Chapel and 1F6 reenlisted SGT Hendricks following the commemorative
1-508 PIR conducted our battalion attack on an 80+ building OBJ,
then transitioned to ISB Reno 1-508 PIR continued MDMP, troop leading
procedures, and TOC rehearsals for OPN PANTHER SHIELD. In addition to
planning for the brigade FTX, the battalion had 65 Paratroopers conduct
Drivers Training in preparation for the FTX and JRTC. HHC and D Co conducted
RVTT validation for truck crews in preparation for JRTC to enhance our
ability to self-secure, provide Combat Logistics Patrol capabilities,
and provide mobile TAC security. B Co and C Co conducted CLS training
to increase the battalion's medical readiness, certifying 84 Paratroopers.
J Co conducted an M4 qualification range in preparation for the FTX.
Finally, 1-508 PIR executed our two remaining DONSAs from NTC on Thursday
1-508 PIR's focus will be outload operations for the BDE FTX as well
as the battalion CAR, brigade CAR, and brigade TEWT. A Co will conduct
a machine gun zero/qual range for the battalion in preparation for JRTC.
Lastly, the staff will participate in the brigade command post exercise.
- AIRBORNE OPERATIONS:
1-508 PIR exited no Paratroopers this week. We completed train-the-trainer
for the MOLLE 4000. Two Jumpmasters graduated the Jumpmaster Refresher
Course and 13 Paratroopers completed BCT BAR on Wednesday. Next week,
1-508 PIR will exit 51 Paratroopers on two lines on 16 and 17 June,
certify all Jumpmasters to JMPI the MOLLE 4000, and send three Jumpmasters
to the Master Jumpmaster Course on 14 June.
- LEADER DEVELOPMENT:
In preparation for the BCT FTX, companies reviewed the DIV AFS SOP.
In addition, C Co reviewed reconnaissance and ambush tactics. Scouts
conducted a two-day selection which included a RPFT, Land Navigation,
reconnaissance, reporting, IDF/CCA control, and radio operations. At
the end of the assessment, the Scouts selected 6 new members. We conducted
TOC rehearsals in preparation for the BCT CPX next week. We validated
our establishment SOPs, and verified layouts for our various Mission
Command nodes in preparation for BCT collective training. 1-508 PIR
currently has two leaders in the Jumpmaster Course, four Paratroopers
in Ranger School (2 x Darby, 2 x Mountains), two Paratroopers awaiting
the next Ranger Course, two Paratroopers in the current Pre-Ranger Course,
one leader in RSLC, and one Paratrooper in Sniper School.
BUILD READY AND RESILIENT PARATROOPERS AND FAMILIES:
B and D Co conducted FRG meetings this week to welcome new leaders and their families to the company.
MAJ Dru Rhodes
1-508 PIR Operations Officer
3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV
FURY FROM THE SKY