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SITREPS 508/1

Over the last two weeks 1-508 PIR focused on Platoon Live Fire recovery while preparing for Clean Sweep, the next Integrated Tactical Network (ITN) Communications Exercise and All American Week. On 23 April, CPT Jimmy Simpson transitioned command of C/1-508 to CPT Shaye Haver. Jimmy’s leadership and tenacity will be missed, but we are confident CPT Shaye Haver will bring new energy and continue to promote the fighting spirit of Charlie Company. In addition to focused training and key leader turn-over 1-508 PIR proudly reports that SGT Rathburn of C/1-508 PIR and SPC Shannon of B/1-508 PIR graduated Ranger School on 27 April, earning the coveted Ranger Tab.

CPT Simpson provides his last words of wisdom

 CPT Shaye Haver takes command of C/1-508 23 April
1-508 PIR Readiness Statistics:

1F Qualification Statistics: Overall I/C/P Qualification Percentage: 98%

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%

Crew Weapons:

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”.

1. Marksmanship.

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 Week 32.

CLS Qualified- 233 34% of current assigned
CLS+ Qualified- 252 37% of current assigned

CLS/CLS+ Total- 485 71% of current assigned


4. Communication.

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 Division.

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 level.


S6 Paratroopers learn to be Trellisware (ITN) administrators

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 SQD STX.

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 footprint.

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 stock services.

CLIII(P)
1-508TH- DOS O/H: (20 ), DOS Short: (10 ), Short $(1,283.89)

CLIX
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.
NSTR.



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.

School Updates:

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

ALC
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.
 

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