DVIDS – News – 1-502nd Infantry Regiment conducts air assault and SBF LFX


MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania — Soldiers assigned to Hardrock and Bulldog Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are conducting air assault operations in conjunction with support by fire (SBF) Live Fire Exercise (LFX) in the Babadag training area, Romania, August 29, 2022.

To remain a ready force, soldiers of the 1-502nd Infantry Regiment maintain readiness through rehearsal and mastery of arms.

“From my perspective, this is great training for weapons squad leaders, for new gunners who haven’t had a lot of trigger time,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Baecker, infantryman and platoon sergeant assigned to Hardrock Company. “They go out here and can acquire targets, pull the trigger, and manipulate their traverse and elevations while their assistant gunners give them the range and direction to those targets.”

The formation began with air assault operations consisting of a squad-sized element performing movements in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and then coming in to land to begin their maneuver towards their objective. Although the training was intense, many soldiers seemed to have enjoyed the aerial assault leading up to the training.

“My favorite part was the Air Assault, just because it’s always fun to be in a helicopter,” Pfc remarked. Brandon Barron, an infantryman assigned to Bravo Company. “It’s always good practice to be able to get up and down and do everything quickly.”

Once they landed, they immediately began firing on security until the UH-60 was clear, then they began to move to their battle positions. After crawling to their positions, they were ready to engage their targets.

“We did so many iterations, it just became a mental thing,” Barron said. “You just know what to do and when to do it, so when it comes to the real thing, we’d be on point.”

Once the mission was complete, weapons squads and evaluators conducted an after action review to understand what they had done well and what was needed to improve operational readiness.

“Today went pretty well, we’ve been doing this all week, we’ve been training, but there are always things we could work on,” Barron said. “There have been some criticisms given to us, but we can always improve the next time we do.”

During the previous week, the two companies conducted armament and qualification exercises on the M4, M249 and M240. Many people involved in the training saw the improvement between weeks of training which contributed to the success at the SBF LFX.

“Since day one, there has been a big improvement across all weapon squads, from Gunners to Weapon Squad Leaders,” Baecker remarked. “As for doctrinal terms, target reference points and use their weapon systems and firearm drills.”

With this progress achieved in just one week, the soldiers of the 1-502nd Infantry Regiment are sharpening their unit mentality and preparing for bilateral training with other U.S. forces as well as joint interoperability with partners and allies. of NATO.

Date taken: 09.01.2022
Date posted: 09.01.2022 11:46
Story ID: 428501
Hometown: HOUSTON, TX, USA

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