1-508 PIR Readiness Statistics:
1F Qualification Statistics: Overall I/C/P Qualification Percentage:
Individual Weapon Systems:
M4 Current Percentage: 100%
M9 Current Percentage: 100%
M249 AR Current Percentage: 100%
M320 Current Percentage: 94%
Shotgun Current Percentage: 97%
Sniper Weapon Systems Current Percentage: 100%
M240 B/L Current Percentage: 100%
M2 Current Percentage: 100%
MK19 Current Percentage: 100%
Javelin Current Percentage: 100%
M41 ITAS Current Percentage: 100%
Mortars (60mm, 81mm, 120mm) Current Percentage: 100%
1-508 PIR Aggregate Personnel Non-Deployable: 7%
1-508 PIR MRC-3 Total #: 34
1-508 PIR MRC-4 Total #: 1
1-508 PIR MED Board Total #: 10
1-508 PIR Chapter #: 5
1-508 PIR SRP Packets Complete: 96%
1-508 PIR Aggregate OR Rate: 94.5%
1-508 PIR Pacing Item OR Rate: 100%
1-508 PIR Overdue Services: 0
1-508 PIR NMC Equipment Over 60 Days: 83
1-508 PIR Delinquent Lateral Transfers - Internal: 0
1-508 PIR Delinquent Lateral Transfers - External: 0
1-508 PIR Pieces of Excess Property: 0
Line of Effort #1: “Fight Tonight”.
B/1-508 PIR executed a Long Range Marksmanship Program. This program
trained 53 1-508 PIR Paratroopers in the fundamentals relating to
engaging targets past 300 meters. The training included one day of
classroom instruction, two days on the range, and a competition to
find the 1-508 PIR "Top Shot". Day one on the range included
confirming zero out to 300 meters as well as executing three
separate know-distance firing tables. Day two on the range focused
on engagements out to 600 meters which included four separate
known-distance firing tables. The culminating event for the Long
Range Marksmanship Program was the 1-508 PIR "Top Shot" competition;
SPC Chamness from B/1-508 PIR proudly won the competition.
During WK 30, 30 D/1-508 PIR Paratroopers qualified on the TOW GST,
resulting in 25x Paratroopers qualifying expert and two Paratroopers
tying for the top shop with a perfect score, 1000/1000. Based on
this training, D CO has primary, alternate, and contingency
personnel for its eight TOWs. D/1-508 PIR also conducted a live TOW
Shoot on 21 Apr 18.
D/1-508 PIR expert TOW Gunners engage targets
In support of the All American Week Small Arms
team, 1LT West from A/1-508 PIR conducted initial team try outs at
the Special Operations Mission Training Center's Virtual Training
Simulator, as well as a KD training at Range 1 and Range 66.
2. Physical Fitness.
1-508 PIR continues to build its ruck march proficiency in
preparation for Swift Response. Each company has incorporated ruck
marches of increasing lengths into their training. The most
impressive distance of 38 miles in 24 hours was executed by B/1-508
during their Training Week 30 STX event.
Paratroopers from D/1-508 PIR march up Culaconch
HHC/1-508 Paratroopers competed in this month’s 3rd Brigade Best
Squad Competition, putting on display their fierce level of physical
fitness combined with their acute tactical and technical skills.
1-508 PIR All American Week sports team coaches and NCOICs met this
week to finalize their rosters, refine their training plans/strategy
and beginning practice.
3. Medical Skills.
The Medic Platoon has 9x medics participating in EFMB. Twenty
Paratroopers conducted CLS+ training this past reporting period;
1-508 medics will conduct the next CLS+ class next week, Training
CLS Qualified- 233 34% of current assigned
CLS+ Qualified- 252 37% of current assigned
CLS/CLS+ Total- 485 71% of current assigned
The battalion S6 shop, with support from the companies, increased
the battalion number of FMC JBC-P systems from 40% to 78%. According
to the Division pull for the month of April, 1-508 PIR had 39
transceivers registered online, which is the second highest in the
BDE. There is no doubt that with JBC-P FSR support for D and J/1-508
PIR the Battalion will excel and have the most JBC-Ps online in the
Thales and Trellisware FSRs are currently in the battalion
installing IMBITR (ITN) VAA mounts. The team is currently working to
install three IMBITR VAA mount in D/1-508 PIR HMMWVs.
S6 Paratroopers attended a Trellisware administrator level course
that covers radio software updating, Wide Band Load generation with
the new preset tool and uploading plans to radios. The new updates
make the functionality of the ATAK simpler for the user, which
increases our mission command capabilities down to the team leader
S6 Paratroopers learn to be Trellisware (ITN)
5. Small Unit Tactics.
A/1-508 PIR conducted STX training in NTA 5 from 30 April – 03 May
in order to build upon lessons learned during PLT LFX. Training
included using the PAS-13 to identify targets, machine gun
emplacement drills, movement under limited visibility, as well as
B/1-508 PIR executed “Tour de Bragg” which involved a Company Air
Assault into a Company Attack followed by a 38 mile foot march, all
conducted in a 24 hour timeframe. On 23 April 18, B/1-508 PIR
utilized one UH-60 and one CH-47 to deliver 85 paratroopers to
Saunders DZ. From there, the company marched to Holland MSC and
attacked to seize it through multiple breach points and with a
mortar firing point in support. Following the successful seizure of
Holland MSC, the company conducted a movement to secure a resupply
cache in vicinity of Normandy DZ then continued movement to the BN
6. Mastery of Maintenance.
Recently, the maintenance platoon has focused on fixing the 1-508
PIR LMTV fleet as we move towards becoming self-reliant for troop
transportation. 2LT Arias, the Assistant S4, attended DPW's three
day Environmental Course in order to become Battalion's
Environmental Compliance Officer in preparation for Swift Response.
The S4 continued re-allocating the battalion's containers with
Brigade, moving five 20ft containers out of the motorpool and to the
Air Assault Parking Lot for turn in. The Maintenance Platoon will
send a small contingent of maintainers to Swift Response in order to
provide small-arms repair and minor vehicle repairs. The Maintenance
Platoon will continue to perform scheduled services to include:
CROWS annual services, semi-annual pro mask services, one company’s
worth of quarterly weapons services, and sixteen pieces of rolling
1-508TH- DOS O/H: (20 ), DOS Short: (10 ), Short $(1,283.89)
1-508TH- DOS O/H: (18 ), DOS Short: (12 ), Short $(243,625.72 )
7. Airborne Proficiency.
1-508 PIR exited 85 Paratroopers during Training Week 30, focusing
on progression jumpers, setting conditions for Swift Response.
1-508 PIR conducted a BN JM Breakfast on 03 May in order to go over
CAASOP changes and, most importantly, conduct an LPD on in-flight
rigging procedures in preparation for our 09 May in-flight rig
airborne operation and for Swift Response. During the 09 May
airborne operation, 1-508 PIR is prepared to exit 145 paratroopers,
focusing on JMs for in-flight rigging practice as well as
progression/pay hurt Paratroopers.
1-508 PIR Airborne Readiness:
Total # Current Jumpmasters: 58
Total # Current DZSO: 12
Total # Current DACO: 4
Total # White Slip Holders: 6
8. Live Fire Exercise.
Line of Effort #2: “Win Tomorrow’s Fight”.
1-508 PIR conducted two teleconferences this past reporting period
in preparation for our next Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) COMMEX,
which will occur 14-18 May. The COMMEX will validate updates and
upgrades to the Paratrooper Kit, confirm successful network
connectivity between lower and upper TI and for the first time tie
in multiple units that are globally postured; 2CR in Germany and the
173rd in Italy. Once complete, ITN conditions will be successfully
established for Swift Response execution.
RANGER GRAD DATE
PFC CLASBY, ETHAN 22JUN18
BLC GRAD DATE
BANDEL JACOB WAYNE 23MAY18
SPC BOS KYLE DANIEL 23MAY18
SPC GEHLE SETH 23MAY18
SPC KAIWI JOHN JOSHUA 23MAY18
SPC LUCCI MATTHEW DAVID 23MAY18
SPC MONTEITH NATHANIEL ROBERT 23MAY18
SPC PANABAKER JARED SANFORD 23MAY18
CPL SMIT BRANDON DEAN 23MAY18
SPC SNYDER NICHALAS GEORGE 23MAY18
SPC SURRATT JASMINE S 23MAY18
JUMPMASTER GRAD DATE
SGT CHACHO, VICTOR 18MAY18
SGT SPENCER, HANK 18MAY18
1LT PARKER, WESTLEE 18MAY18
SGT SCRANTON, SCOTT 18MAY18
UMO GRAD DATE
SSG RHEA, KARL 04MAY18
RSLC GRAD DATE
SPC LANE, DAEMON 14MAY18
SGT DAY, NIKOLAS 14MAY18
SGT EVANS, MALCOLM
Line of Effort #3: “Paratroopers for Life”.
In the spirit of Paratroopers helping Paratroopers, 1-508 PIR has
contributed roughly $10,000 in support of Army Emergency Relief in
just the first few days of collection.
Line of Effort #4: “America’s Guard of Honor”.
1-508 PIR arrived in force for the unveiling of CSM Rock Merritt’s
commemorative paver at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in
downtown Fayetteville on 20 April.
1-508 PIR has the honor of escorting the Gold Star families of CPT
Daniel Whitten, 1LT Christopher Goeke, 1LT Salvatore Corma, 1SG
Russell Bell, SSG Matthew Sitton, SGT Jesse Tilton, and SPC Joseph
Riley during All American Week.
NEXT TWO WEEKS
Over the next two weeks 1-508 PIR will focus on PLT LFX retraining
(through company led STX), Clean Sweep, preparation for All American
Week and Swift Response. Specific to Swift response, 1-508 will
conduct an in-flight rig Airborne operation on 9 May and our next
ITN Commex from 14-18 May.