3-16 SEP 2016
GOOD NEWS STORIES
OF THE WEEK:
The main focus these past two
weeks was redeployment and recovery from JRTC. Rolling stock redeployment
from JRTC continues; only 4 x prime movers and 4 x trailers remain on
a train at FPLA, which is scheduled to depart on 18 SEP. We have received
all sensitive items containers back, and all sensitive items are accounted
for and 2404s for all equipment is complete. Concurrently, we planned,
rehearsed, and readied our equipment to execute an LPD and VALEX ahead
of our assumption on OSBn at 0900 on Monday, 19 SEP.
WIN TODAY -
PIR conducted no operations, ranges, or Airborne operations these past
two weeks. Our focus to build readiness across our formation has been
recovering our equipment and preparing to assume OSBn.
On Tuesday, 20 SEP, leaders from 1-508 PIR attended an OSBn LPD hosted
by 3-73 CAV that educated our leaders and future node OICs/NCOICs about
OSBn duties and responsibilities. In turn, we hosted 3BCT leaders on
Thursday, 15 SEP, on our own LPD / validation exercise that demonstrated
we are confident and competent in our responsibilities as the OSBn.
- 1-508 PIR had a great week with regards to continuing the education
of Paratroopers. We currently have one Paratrooper (SSG Hart, HHC) in
Ranger School; he is in Florida and is set to graduate on 23 SEP. We
had one leader (SGT Domer, D Co) pass PWAC, and we have 6 x leaders
set to begin Jumpmaster School on Monday, 19 SEP (with up to 8 x additional
walk-ons ready). Lastly, we have 3 x Paratroopers in Pathfinder School,
1 x Paratrooper in RSLC, and 13 x Paratroopers set to begin Air Assault
School on Monday, 19 SEP.
READY AND RESILIENT. - Across the BN, all
companies conducted their quarterly EO and SHARP training for the 4th
EDUCATE AND INFORM -
Following recovery from JRTC, the BN
will host a Hail & Farewell on Thursday, 22 SEP. Several companies will
also conduct FRG company organizational days. - 2 x Snipers (SGT Martens
and SPC Featherston, HHC) participated in the Ft. Bragg International
Sniper Competition over this past weekend. The team placed 3rd, earning
them a spot in the upcoming International Sniper Competition at Ft.
Benning, GA. - HHC conducted a monthly FRG Meeting this past Tuesday
at the Pope FRG Center. Topics of discussion included available local
events, the training calendar, and expectations surrounding 1-508 PIR's
assumption of OSBn.
MAJ Dru Rhodes
1-508 PIR Operations Officer
3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV
FURY FROM THE SKY