1-508 PIR SITREP for 01 APR
17 - 14 APR 2017
Our focus these past two weeks was on Squad Live Fire exercises and
a Shoot-house live fire in preparation for Company Live Fires. Additionally,
we conducted a MORTEP and Sniper KD range, helping to validate and certify
our tactical proficiency prior to Company Live Fires. Also during this
reporting period we tested, demonstrated and validated our Readiness
as the GRB1 conducting two separate level II EDREs.
In addition to conducting our own training 4 company command teams
and key members of the battalion staff and leadership supported 1st
BCT's CTE by providing OC/T support for two of their infantry battalions.
We also have great news to report from the Division PRC and Fort
Benning. 1-508 PIR had 3 Paratroopers graduate PRC on 12 APR: SPC Mastantuono
(A Co), PFC Leischner (A Co), and PV2 Westfall (HHC). Furthermore, SPC Aldeano graduated from Ranger School as part of Class 4-17. SGT Bell
(HHC) and CPL Hupf (HHC) both graduated from IMLC. SGT Bell made the
commandant's list and CPL Hupf scored a 94% grade point average as the
only E4 in the class.
1-508 PIR Readiness Statistics:
1-508 PIR - Overall Individual Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR M4 Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR M9 Qualification: 98.1%
1-508 PIR Aggregate Crew Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR M240 Qualification: 100% 1-508 PIR M3 Carl Gustav: 100%
1-508 PIR Aggregate Platform Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR 60mm Mortar: 100%
1-508 PIR Aggregate Personnel Non-Deployable: 11%
1-508 PIR MRC-3 Total #: 66 1-508 PIR MRC-4 Total #: 4
1-508 PIR MED Board Total #: 16 1-508 PIR Chapter #: 15
1-508 PIR SRP Packets Complete: 90%
1-508 PIR Aggregate OR Rate: 96.9%
1-508 PIR Pacing Item OR Rate: 75%
1-508 PIR Overdue Services: 0
1-508 PIR NMC Equipment Over 60 Days: 0
1-508 PIR Delinquent Lateral Transfers - Internal: 1
1-508 PIR Delinquent Lateral Transfers - External: 3
1-508 PIR Pieces of Excess Property: 34
UAS FY17 Flight Hours to Date: 262 hours RAVEN, 10.5 hours PUMA,
20 hours Instant Eye
On 04-06 APR 17, the Scout Platoon executed a sniper Known Distance
range. Training was conducted on range 62B, in conjunction with 1P and
2P sniper teams, focusing on alternate shooting positions, collecting
data on previous engagements (DOPE) on the M2010 bolt action and M110
SASS weapons systems, and executing simultaneous target engagements.
They fired over 1500 rounds of .300 Win MAG and 600 rounds of 7.62 match
grade. The Scout Platoon also had the opportunity to train with SFODA
3235 at Range 44. The SF Weapons Sergeants trained the Scouts on different
weapon systems including: MK-47, M2A1, 60mm mortars, and the M240L. (see storyboard)
From 10-11 APR, 83x C Co Paratroopers conducted Shoot House training.
All newly assigned Paratroopers zeroed and conducted reflexive fire
tables thus improving C Co's overall readiness. Between day and night
iterations of the shoothouse, C Co executed CQB tables that focused
on the differences between "point of aim" and "point of impact" at various
distances. This additional marksmanship training yielded large improvements
within the shoothouse. (see
2. Physical Fitness.
On 11 APR, 77x B Co Paratroopers conducted a 15 mile company foot
march to Sicily DZ. Platoons moved tactically in a modified wedge utilizing
the firebreaks. SITREPs from each platoon were required when
crossing phase lines and identifying front line trace of troops.
Short halts and linear danger areas were emphasized throughout the
movement. (see storyboard)
Over the past two weeks, C Co began implementation of a comprehensive
PT plan that encompasses both morning and afternoon events in an effort
to increase overall health and well-being of Paratroopers. Additionally,
C Co is in the process of finalizing a PT schedule that will serve a
dual purpose of providing predictability while also being a useable
document for the individual Paratrooper to track progress.
3. Medical Skills.
On 06 APR, during the level II EDRE, A Co received the follow-on
mission to move to the MSTC site. While there 83 Paratroopers
participated in a simulated mass civilian casualty. A Co was
responsible for securing the site as well as a nearby landing zone.
At the LZ A Co was required to run PZ operations for the CASEVAC.
Once the mass casualty mission was complete, platoons were able to
utilize MSTC site resources to conduct additional medical training.
From 10-13 APR 17 Paratroopers from all 6 companies attended the
field sanitation training provided by the BSB. This training
enhanced our expeditionary abilities and will help preserve combat
power in austere environments by improving individual Paratrooper
skills and building depth in the organization in the area of field
From 04-05 APR, D Co executed a virtual CAMLFX on OP13. Special emphasis
was put on reporting and coordination between a Heavy Weapons platoon
and a dismounted maneuver element during the simulation training. The
lessons learned from this training event will pay dividends during CAMLFX
as Heavy Weapons platoons are integrated into line companies.
During the GRB 1+ EDRE, on 06 APR, D Co's follow on task was to conduct
a mounted maneuver and execute a COMMEX via JCR and FM. This test allowed
D Co to validate their mission command capabilities in a time constrained
environment. As a result D Co gained a better understanding of their
communication gaps and how to improve their readiness.
On 11 APR, Paratroopers from the A Co headquarters section set up
the company command post in order to train the team on key communication
systems in preparation for the CAMLFX. The company communications NCO
supervised the construction of the CP and the installation of all mission
command equipment. (see storyboard)
5. Small Unit Tactics.
On 4 APR, Paratroopers from A Co attended anti-tank weapons training
led by SGT Duffield (3PLT). The reviewed basic Paratrooper skills in
the employment of AT weapons systems including the M3 Carl Gustav and
FGM 148 Javelin. The course progressed to include a large MAWC rigging
class and a door-bundle building class focused and other best practices
for delivering AT weapons to the battlefield during airborne operations.
Finally, Paratroopers used a virtual trainer to practice employing the
weapons systems. (see storyboard).
From 04 to 06 April, C Co executed drivers training on the MRZR and
DAGOR platform in Area K. SGT Cardenas, the BN MRZR/DAGOR Master Driver
successfully trained 9 Paratroopers on the MRZR platform and will complete
their training on the DAGOR platform on 13 April. C Co continues to
work towards validating load plans and tactical employment of these
platforms in preparation for the CAMLFX. (see storyboard)
From 04-05 APR, D Co focused on PLT, Section, and truck level maneuver
during VBS3 simulations training at the mission training complex. Platoons
coordinated indirect fires, mounted support by fire, and dismounted
maneuver as a mission rehearsal for Company CAMLFX on OP13. The Heavy
Weapons Platoons learned the importance of mounted/dismounted coordination,
SDZ of their primary weapon systems, and the necessity of constant communication
between adjacent units in the same battlespace, (see storyboard)
From 10-11APR, 88 Paratroopers from A Co conducted a basic land navigation
course and practical exercise. On the first day, Paratroopers attended
a class taught by SGT Peden (3PLT) that covered land navigation fundamentals.
On the second day, the company executed land navigation in Area J, initially
pairing stronger and weaker Paratroopers together, gradually working
up to individual night land navigation. (see storyboard)
From 10-11 APR C Co executed the shoothouse at range 62A. Thirteen
fire teams completed the shoothouse. C Co used this opportunity to
master the basics of entering and clearing center and corner feed rooms,
as well as clearing dead space. The company solidified TTPs and will
use those to amend our SOPs. (see storyboard)
6. Mastery of Maintenance.
Over the past two weeks, 1-508 PIR's Maintenance Section in J Co
completed fixes on dead-lining faults for two vehicles, and completed
services for five pieces of rolling stock. The Maintenance section was
also able to repair 4x M240 tripods, 1x MK19, 1x M240B, and 5x PSQ-20B.
Additionally, they were able to turn in 15 pieces of excess equipment.
The Distribution Platoon conducted two ammo draws and turn-ins, supporting
live fire and small arm ranges. Additionally, they executed the delivery
of over 700 meals to Paratroopers out in the training area.
Each week, the BMO chooses a section, and provides a class focusing
on PMCS of that sections internal equipment. On 10 APR 17, 1-508 PIR's
S6, in conjunction with the BMO, facilitated a PMCS class on the battalion's
organic radio systems. The BMO led the training, focusing on the standard
PMCS of each radio system and preventative maintenance measures that
can be used when conducting airborne operations.
7. Airborne Proficiency.
1-508 PIR Air Team made coordination with the USAAAS and members
of the GLO to schedule an LPD on chapter 13 operations during an upcoming
large package week. On 10 May 17, 1-508 PIR squad leaders and above
will have the opportunity to conduct a hands-on LPD inside an aircraft
to discuss the procedures and expectations of key leaders during a real
world no-notice mission. This will expand upon discussions during last
month's jumpmaster breakfast where we shared a vignette from the 173rd's
jump into Iraq that caused Paratrooper confusion when a jump master exited
the aircraft in the middle of the chalk. Other items that will be covered
include jumping safeties, leadership and mission command, and in-flight
8. Live Fire Exercises.
From 31 MAR-02 APR 17 HHC/1-508 PIR's Scout Platoon conducted a Live
Fire Exercise (LFX) on Range 76. Each Recon team utilized claymore mines
during day and night live fire portions, executing blowout drills from
sub-surface and surface surveillance sites. Blowout drills consisted
of firing the claymore mine, and using smoke and alternating bounds
to cover team members as they withdrew under pressure. Sniper teams
provided cover to the Scout teams as they withdrew, and each iteration
ended upon successful linkup between the Recon and Sniper teams. Key
tasks trained were break contact, employ obstacles, conduct linkup,
and conduct surveillance. (see storyboard)
From 04-12 APR 17 HHC's Mortar Platoon conducted their Mortar LFX,
employing 60, 81, and 120mm mortar systems. Key tasks of the training
included various types of fire missions (registration, grid, polar,
coordinated illumination, immediate smoke), tactical employment, shooting
techniques (hide and shoot, direct lay, direct align), and Fire Direction
Center procedures. The Mortar Platoon was able to qualify their gunners
on the 60mm and 81mm weapon systems, while supporting B/307th's maneuver
LFX. (see storyboard)
From 03-04 APR B Co conducted Squad LFXs at Range 76. Each squad
executed five iterations of a movement to contact. The squads' mission
was to move dismounted through an NAI, and successfully establish a
defensive along an avenue of approach. Each squad had to react to contact,
perform a squad attack, conduct a hasty defense, and execute a MEDEVAC. (see storyboard)
From 10-11 APR, C Co executed Shoot House training at Range 62A.
During Day 1, C Co focused on revalidating the basics of maneuver and
individual Paratrooper responsibilities within a building, successfully
validating 19 teams in single team, single room LFX for both day and
night operations. During Day 2 on 62A, C Co validated 6 squads on multi
team, multi room LFX for both day and night operations. (see storyboard)
1-508 PIR has 54 Ranger-qualified Paratroopers, with another 2 leaders
currently in Ranger School (1 in Darby Phase, 1 in Florida Phase). 1-508
PIR had 3 Paratroopers graduate PRC on 12 APR: SPC Mastantuono (A Co),
PFC Leischner (A Co), and PV2 Westfall (HHC).
We have 37 Jumpmasters, with CPT Krembel (HHC), CPT Brege (HHC),
1LT Robben (A Co), and SGT Woodard (C Co) awaiting PWAC, tentatively
scheduled for 08 MAY. We have four Paratroopers (2x primary, 2x alternate)
that will be attending the next class beginning on 24 APR.
1-508 PIR executed a level II EDRE on 06 APR 17. The GRB1+ assembled
with all of their go-to-war equipment at N+4 and began subsequent training
events to validate the 18hr outload sequence. Members from the Division
and Brigade staff conducted inspections and layouts of the GRB1's vehicles
and equipment. After the inspections were complete, each company was
given a different follow on training event. A Co conducted a ground
movement to the MSTC site and participated in multiple medical lanes
focused on evaluating and treating a causality. B Co moved dismounted
to Ranges 41, 43 and 44 to conduct rifle marksmanship and machine gun
firing, to include qualification and advanced rifle marksmanship. C
Co received more in-depth inspections to include a full layout of each
individual Paratroopers' gear, and SRF packets. D Co executed a mounted
patrol to Sicily Drop zone to test mission command systems. HHC and
J Co were tasked with moving 1-508 PIR's Bravo Echelon vehicles to the
A/DACG for inspections. 1-508 PIR received high praise from the vehicle
inspection team, for being the only ones in the BDE to having the appropriate
shoring for the vehicles.
1-508 PIR executed a Level II EDRE on 12 April to validate the team
assuming ACF on 13 APR. We assessed A Co and 3/D's ability to receive
a no-notice alert, assemble, and execute a follow-on mission. At 0300,
A Co. and 3/D received the "N-hour" notification and at "N+2" received
a brief on the sequence of events for the morning. At N+3.5 (0630),
all four PLTs (a total of 107 Paratroopers) initiated a 3.4 mile competitive
foot movement to RG 43, with rucks and assigned weapon systems. Upon
arriving at the range, M249 gunners loaded a bus and moved to RG 30
to conduct Table II of M249 Qualification. Each M249 gunner had the
opportunity to execute two iterations of Table II before rejoining the
company for subsequent events. While the M249 gunners fired at RG 30,
the remaining personnel at RG 43 and RG 41 conducted M4 qualification
(RG 43), an M4 stress shoot (RG 41), and packing list inspection (rucks,
worn items, and PLT equipment). 98 Paratroopers fired at the M4 qualification
range and M4 stress shoot firing a total of 5,684 rounds A059, with
12 qualifying Expert on the qualification, and 3 shooting a perfect
score on the stress shoot. 11 Paratroopers fired at the M249 range,
firing a total of 6400 rounds A064. Following the range events, PLTs
initiated another competitive foot march, along the same 3.4 mile route.
During the return movement, each PLT encountered a role-playing-casualty.
Each PLT had to evaluate, treat, call 9-line MEDEVAC, and package a
designated casualty. They then transported the casualty to an AXP 1
kilometer away, while dismounted. (see storyboard)
When the GRB1 was alerted to an elevated recall status on 10 APR
D Co reacted by upgrading their readiness posture by repositioning vehicles
to the battalion area and preparing secondary loads. Doing so allows
quicker access, shorter load times of key sensitive items, and permits
them to move more rapidly to outload nodes for CLACC or heavy drop configuration.
A Co assumes the ACF mission from B Co on 13 APR 17. B Co assumes
DRC guard from C Co at the same time. 1-508 PIR will conduct on ACF
transition brief, attended by all elements of the GRB1+ focused on A
Co's readiness, personnel and equipment combat power, and their integration
of their D Co platoon.
WIN TOMORROW'S FIGHT
SPC Adrian Aldeano, an A Co Paratrooper, graduated from Ranger School
as part of Class 4-17 on 31MAR. SPC Aldeano had been working towards
his Ranger Tab for more than a year. He persevered through several setbacks
along the way and was a first-time-go in both Mountains and Florida
phases. The leader development that he gained throughout the process
is evident as he has already made an effort to mentor other members
of the company interested in completing PRC and Ranger School.
This week, B Co leaders received training from the CIED team on the
FirstLook Robot and the SEEK system. These two systems are available
to the GRF and could be used in any potential theater. Allowing team
leaders and squad leaders' hands-on training with these systems will
greatly increase our readiness to combat any enemy IED threat we may
face on the battlefield.
On 11 APR 1-508 PIR said farewell to our exchange officer, CPT Henry
Mitchell from 3PARA, at McKellar's Lodge. Henry served 1-508 PIR with
distinction from 18 JAN 17 to 12 APR 17. He helped supervise each of
the nine platoons' weapons squads through both day and night live fire
training. Additionally, CPT Mitchell developed a machine gun clinic
based on his observations of weapons squads at live fire. His training
program certified 50 machine gunners on the M249 and M240B machine gun.
Henry left a lasting impact by designing a Machine Gunners Handbook
that details training, SOPs, and best practices for Weapons Squad Leaders
and their machine gun teams. This handbook will be distributed throughout
the entire battalion. CPT Mitchell also attended the Basic Airborne
Refresher course at the U.S. Army Advanced Airborne School and completed
two airborne operations with 1-508 PIR, earning the U.S. Army Parachutist
In preparation for the upcoming CAMLFX, D Co will lead an LPD on
the capabilities and utilization of the Weapons Company as we prepare
each Rifle Company team to be task organized with a mounted platoon.
The LPD will focus on the tactical employment of Anti-Tank platoons
in various terrain and help commanders, 1SGs, PLs, and PSGs better understand
how to integrate vehicles into their formation for the CAMLFX.
PARATROOPERS FOR LIFE
During the past two weeks 1-508 PIR re-enlisted four of its Paratroopers:
SGT Novy (HHC), SGT Salazar (HHC), SSG Dormer (C Co), and SPC Avramis
(C Co). Each of these outstanding Paratroopers will continue to serve
On 7 APR, 1-508 PIR hosted an FRG Easter event that included an Easter
Egg Hunt and several other company led kid-friendly events. All families
that participated shared a meal and enjoyed the Easter festivities helping
to bring the 1Fury family closer together.
On 12 APR, 1-508 PIR conducted a State of the BN brief. 1F6 highlighted
unit accomplishments, discussed the training glide-path from now until
the end of the calendar year, explained new equipment fielding initiatives
like CS-17 and the M4A1 modernization work order, and reinforced his
vision of a ready, empowered, and disciplined Airborne Infantry Battalion.
NEXT TWO WEEKS
The focus for Training Weeks 30 and 31 will be CAMLFX and CAMLFX
support. Upon returning from the four day weekend 1-508 PIR will begin
troop leading procedures for A Co's first LFX iteration on 21 APR. Each
company will have a day for the orders process, a virtual fire support
coordination exercise, and blank and live fires both day and night.
D Co will be the last company to execute the LFX and will finish on
24 APR. The following day 25 APR, A Co and B Co will assume CAMLFX support
to facilitate the other maneuver battalions LFXs until 29 APR.
MAJ Adam Scher
1-508 PIR Executive Officer
3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV
FURY FROM THE SKY