PIR SITREP for 22 February – 08 March 2018 is below for your review.
from Fort Benning; we are happy to report that CPL Brandon Smit from
B/1-508 PIR has earned the coveted Ranger Tab and will be graduating
on Friday, 09 March 2018. B/1-508 PIR also reenlisted two
Paratroopers this reporting period. One of them did his
reenlistment in the gas chamber!
great news of Fury Paratroopers leading the way: CPL (P) Russell,
one of our Intel Analysts, was nominated for the CSM Doug Russell
Military Intelligence Award for her outstanding performance as an
Intelligence Analyst. Of particular note, she was crucial in
breaking the JRTC record for Raven flight hours flown by an entire
Brigade. She has personally flown over 200hours. Additionally, she
led the Battalion’s Personnel Security push prior to assumption of
GRB1, inputting the entire Battalion into ISOPREP.
PIR’s priority over the past two weeks has been conditions-setting
for a Battalion level deployment to Fort AP Hill. Key task have
included: personal readiness tasks, equipment/vehicle maintenance,
Battalion NWFI Commex, company level marksmanship, and deployment
preparation for Fort AP Hill.
- Overall Individual Qualification: 98.6%
1-508 PIR M4 Qualification: 95%
1-508 PIR M9 Qualification: 100%
Aggregate Crew Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR M240 Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR M3 Carl Gustav: 100%
Aggregate Platform Qualification: 100%
1-508 PIR 60mm Mortar: 100%
Aggregate Personnel Non-Deployable: 10%
1-508 PIR MRC-3 Total #: 61
1-508 PIR MRC-4 Total #: 3
1-508 PIR MED Board Total #: 11
1-508 PIR Chapter #: 14
1-508 PIR SRP Packets Complete: 97%
Aggregate OR Rate: 92.2%
1-508 PIR Pacing Item OR Rate: 100%
1-508 PIR Overdue Services: 0
1-508 PIR NMC Equipment over 60 Days: 42
1-508 PIR Delinquent Lateral Transfers - Internal: 0
1-508 PIR Delinquent Lateral Transfers - External: 2
1-508 PIR Pieces of Excess Property: 0
Effort #1: “Fight Tonight”.
PIR M240 gunners completed their record qualification, to include
the night qualification tables in preparation for SQD LFX. They
also conducted a
reflexive fire range to facilitate BD 6 training at range 62A.
Paratroopers worked through the reflexive fire tables in pro mask,
training proper sight alignment and laser implementation before
entering the shoot house.
Paratroopers conduct reflexive fire in Pro-Masks
PIR conducted short range marksmanship to facilitate retraining from
their shoot house training during week 18. 30x Paratroopers worked
through three separate reflexive fire tables focusing on rapidly
acquiring targets, shooting while moving laterally, and proper
execution of controlled pairs. B/1-508 PIR also conducted
anti-armor training during week 22. This training centered on
familiarization of the AT-4 by using sub caliber munitions and
mounting lasers and sights to the AT-4 using clamp systems. The
anti-armor training also included training on the Carl Gustav and
Javelin weapon systems and how to use them during limited
PIR qualified all M240 and M249 Gunners on 5 March 2018, along with
Assistant Gunners across its formation on RNG 30. Charlie Company
executed the range in support of the Battalion formation, increasing
marksmanship across the Companies. The gunners were qualified on
Tables II and III in preparation for Squad LFX at AP Hill next week.
Paratroopers conduct Machine Gun Qual Tables
D/1-508 PIR conducted Table III and IV at Range 66A
in preparation for Table V and VI. D Co qualified 20 PAX day, 12 PAX
night on MK-19. 25 PAX day and 24 PAX night qualified on the M2.
D/1-508 PIR also helped share their expertise by helping train other
companies on the MK-19 and M2. During Week 23, D/1-508 PIR conducted
Table V-IX, qualifying 16 crews.
D/1-508 PIR Paratroopers conduct Gunnery at AP Hill
continues to focus on small unit leadership through physical
fitness, as Bravo Company facilitates the BN SURT preparation PT
Program. There are currently 12 Paratroopers enrolled in the
program. B/1-508 PIR also executed a Company eight-mile foot march
as part of preparation for the Company 40-miler in April.
lieutenants of 1-508 PIR are leading from the front during the BDE
run Janney Cup. 2LT Townes was the first lieutenant to complete the
run as well as the 12 mile ruck march.
1-508 Lieutenants making their way through Area K
with approximately 2 miles remaining in the ruck route.
1-508 Lieutenants conduct a layout following the 12
PIR trained on treating casualties wounded in a CBRN environment as
part of their train up for AP Hill. This training focused on
treating injuries while in MOPP Level IV and how to decontaminate
March, C/1-508 PIR executed a Company CBRN Chamber. 67 PAX moved
through the Chamber, increasing their confidence in the M50
Protective Mask, and receiving instruction on decontamination. This
event will serve as the building block for STX Training, which will
include CBRN tasks, during the upcoming AP Hill OPT.
1-508 Paratroopers conduct CBRNE Chamber and
Qualified- 348 PAX
Qualified- 276 PAX
Paratroopers trained CLS+ this past reporting period.
Battalion S6 led the NWFI COMMEX/VALEX this past week. The NWFI
COMMEX was a five day event that began with the consolidation of
every piece NWFI equipment across the Battalion. Some of the tasks
included reimaging the ATAK EUD, reprograming IMBITRs and Trelisware
radios, and configuring the Wave server to communicate on WINTAK
from the KLAS/TRIK Box. A critical task to this endeavor was a
network node test of ATAK to TW-400 and IMBITRs. This test resulted
in 159 radio nodes and 32 voice channels recognized in the radio
system setting the highest record of nodes ever attempted in TSM
radio network history.
1-508 Paratroopers receive their new issue of NWFI
During the VALEX, each company rotated through the
battalion classroom during their allocated time slots to validate
physical labels of equipment, Call Signs (digital and physical),
unit PLI color. Companies also confirmed AP Hill map data, chat
rooms, and compromise procedures. Companies received an NWFI class
covering the changes to the ATAK EUD and a review of NWFI SOP. The
VALEX ended with all NWFI radios, EUDs online, transmitting,
receiving voice, and data through the local TAK server all while
conducting a short maneuver exercise inside the Division’s
-508 Paratroopers conduct voice transmission from a
SINGARS radio to Mobile device through Wave on the KLAS Box
battalion also participated in the BDE wide JBC-P COMMEX. The intent
of the COMMEX was to confirm the status of JBC-Ps and to validate
the functionality of the systems. Users were able to log onto their
JBC-P systems and send a massage via free text to BDE S6 team. 45
systems are currently installed on vehicles and 38 JBC-P systems are
fully mission capable.
PIR executed Squad STX from 26-28FEB. Squads trained on LDA
crossings, react to contact, movement techniques, and deliberate
ambush with OPFOR during day and night conditions.
PIR focused training preparations for AP Hill live fires. The focus
for SQD LDRs was Battle Drill 5 (Knock-out a Bunker) and Battle
Drill 1 (React to Contact). With those key training tasks
Paratroopers also received introduction to Subterranean and
Mega-City Operations blocks of instruction to facilitate training at
PIR executed Squad STX in NTA 5. This training began with a company
air assault into the training area, where each platoon executed
assembly and tactical movement in preparation for their platoon air
assaults at AP Hill. Charlie Company executed three days of
training, each squad received validation during a practical exercise
before culminating in both a day and night STX Lane. The lane
focused on FOOM, react to IDF, and 9-line MEDEVAC. These basics
served as the building block for Squad LFX and more advanced
training in the upcoming OPT at AP Hill.
1-508 Paratroopers conduct rotary wing infill to NTA
5 for STX training
PIR conducted concurrent training during gunnery at Fort AP Hill
that focused on preparing Paratroopers for movement in urban terrain
and Battle Drill 6. Senior NCOs taught Paratroopers how to move in a
stack and how to clear different types of rooms (center-fed,
corner-fed, hallway, etc).
Scouts conducted a practical exercise in Area J on 08MAR that
allowed the Recon Team Leaders to continue their refinement of their
Teams' SOPs and focused on communication between Surveillance Site &
Hide Site, and the duties required of every member of the team
Mortar PLT conducted dismounted mortar training at NCOA MOUT. The
mortar platoon trained on the dynamic emplacement of their mortar
platforms in an urban environment. Other training objectives
included terrain and target analysis in an urban environment,
employment of mortars in urban terrain, mobile mortar firing points,
and defensive operations. Their training culminated in a force on
force exercise with UTM rounds and civil considerations.
Mastery of Maintenance.
the past two weeks, 1-508 PIR set conditions for a successful
outload to Fort AP Hill. The automotive section performed all
necessary services and unscheduled maintenance to prepare the distro
platoon for its convoy to AP Hill on 04 MAR 18. Maintenance
continued during the convoy, making on-the-spot fixes and repairs to
ensure the convoy’s safe arrival. The small arms and C&E sections
performed services and gauging to mitigate weapons/NVG malfunctions
during upcoming missions. Key services included all CROWS systems
for Delta Company's AP Hill gunnery.
Currently, the battalion still maintains a balance of 0 overdue
services. According to Division, we are the only battalion that can
claim this. In addition, the maintenance platoon dramatically
reduced the amount of NMC equipment over 60 days from 106 pieces of
equipment to 42 pieces of equipment (21 of which are evacuated to
higher level maintenance shops). The battalion completed five
lateral transfers and moved 30 containers out of the motor-pool in
an effort to divest ourselves of unserviceable and excess storage.
next two weeks the maintenance platoon will continue to conduct both
scheduled and unscheduled services to maintain zero overdue services
and minimize NMC over 60 and complete parts on hand not installed
while the battalion is at AP Hill. The maintenance platoon will
maintain a detachment at AP Hill to conduct maintenance and provide
recovery capabilities for 1-508 PIR. The shop office will continue
to inventory shop/bench stock and order shortages when needed.
Scheduled services will include two company's worth of quarterly
weapons services, one company of NVG services, and 12 vehicles and
assessment of CDDP, HHC/1-508 PIR was one of only two companies
across the BDE to score a 100% and the Battalion as a whole scored a
95%, the highest in the BDE.
underwent Physical Security Inspections during week 23. Thanks to
the efforts of SGT Harris and 2LT Nieves of the S2 shop, as well as
the Company Command Teams, the battalion achieved a GO on 5/5
inspections. This sets the conditions for 1-508 PIR to pass the
final Company inspection and motorpool inspection upon return from
Fort AP Hill.
DOS O/H: (18), DOS Short: (12), Short $(1,278.54)
DOS O/H: ( ), DOS Short: ( ), Short $(244,625.72) 54% of
participated in two airborne operations in the past week, on 05 MAR
35 Paratroopers exited during an operation led by 1-505. On 06 MAR,
139 Paratroopers exited during a mass tac operation led by 2-505.
Current Jumpmasters: 62
Current DZSO: 5
Current DACO: 6
White Slip Holders: 4
PIR conducted a reflexive fire range and shoothouse from 26-28FEB.
This included reflexive fire and battle drill 6 using a promask
during the day, as well as laser implementation during limited
visibility. Proper target identification was enforced by mixing
threat and non-threat targets within the room. Accuracy and
violence of action were enforced by using drop-targets with
balloons. The training resulted in updating and improving Alpha
Company’s battle drill 6 SOP. This event will pay great dividends
when Alpha Company conducts BD 6 at AP Hill and Company LFXs in
March 2018, D/1-508 PIR deployed to Fort AP Hill to conduct gunnery
qualifications. As of 08 March 2018, they completed qualification
for 16 crews on Tables V and VI. The rest of the Battalion stands
ready to join D/1-508 PIR on 12 March 2018 and execute Squad Live
Effort #2: “Win Tomorrow’s Fight”.
Martel and SGT Smith completed the Transportable Tactical Command
Communications (T2C2) training this week, acquiring the knowledge to
operate the inflatable and portable satellite antenna in the
battalion. The T2C2 provides early entry units in air-to-land
missions, as well as follow-on units at the tactical edge, access to
the Army's tactical communications network. T2C2 systems will be
kept at BDE S6 level and be requested on a first come, first served
basis. The satellite systems have 3x SIPR and 3x NIPR ports.
section hosted SGM Glenn Patti, the XVIII Airborne Corps G2 SGM, for
a seminar on Intelligence Driving Operations. Leaders from within
the Battalion and Intel Analysts from across the BDE were present as
SGM Patti shared multiple vignettes on his participation in the hunt
for Zarqawi, UBL, and OPERATION ANACONDA. He highlighted the
importance of junior analysts not only knowing their own craft, but
also gaining a proficiency on maneuver tactics and procedures in
order to better know the enemy. At the conclusion of the seminar,
CSM Gill presented SGM Patti with a Battalion Coin and Battalion PT
Shirt as a token of our appreciation.
SMITH, BRANDON GRAD 09 MAR 18
MACKENZIE MTN GRAD 06 APR 18
RATHBURN, SCOTT BEN GRAD 27 APR 18
SHANNON, BRIAN BEN GRAD 27 APR 18
CLASBY, ETHAN BEN GRAD 27 APR 18
DEPIPPO, ANDREW GRAD 23 MAR 18
ALDEANOROSARIO, ADRIAN GRAD 15 MAR 18
EIKENBERG, KEVIN GRAD 26 MAR 18
CLOUGH, PHILLIP GRAD 04 APR 18
1x SERE (FT RUCKER):
KURCHHOFER, CAMERON GRAD 18 MAR 18
Line of Effort #3: “Paratroopers for Life”.
PIR reenlisted two paratroopers; SSG Wing reenlisted for
stabilization and SGT Moncrief reenlisted in the gas chamber for Ft.
Line of Effort #4: “America’s Guard of Honor”.
prepares to transition GRB responsibilities to 1-505 PIR, and
supports the brigade in ORA requirements and DRC change over.
NEXT TWO WEEKS
next two weeks 1-508 PIR will execute Company level training
beginning with Squad Live Fire Exercises at Fort AP Hill.
Paratroopers will conduct training on subterranean operations, dense
urban maneuver, and Platoon level air assaults.
Major John Intile
1-508 PIR S3
3BCT, 82nd ABN DIV
FURY FROM THE SKY!