Photo by Sgt. Alon Humphrey
FORT BLISS, Texas – “Cover me while I move! I got you covered battle buddy!”
Soldiers with Company A, 4th Battalion “Regulars”, 6th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team,1st Armored Division, conducted squad live-fire exercises to refine tactics, techniques and procedures, and build a more ready and lethal force at Fort Bliss, October 7-18.
“We are mechanized (Infantry), and we have Bradleys (M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles) at our disposal, but they can only go so far,” said 1st Lt. Sean Murphy, native of Orange County, California, platoon leader for Company A, 4th Bn., 6th Inf. Regt., 3rd ABCT, 1st AD.
“At that last 50 meters of fight our dismounts (light infantry Soldiers) will have to get out of the Bradley and engage the enemy. That’s what they’re practicing, refining, and mastering out here.”
Some of the maneuver training included reacting to an ambush, setting up support by fire positions, while maintaining contact and engaging the enemy.
“I like how in depth this training is,” said Sgt. Taylor Tracy, native of Salt Lake City, Utah, team Leader in Company A, 4th Bn., 6th Inf. Regt., 3rd ABCT, 1st AD. “This range gives leaders control of how things would actually be done, and it gives us freedom of maneuver to train as we fight.”
Repetition increases a team’s situational understanding of the tactics they’ll use making them a more lethal force when facing an enemy in combat.
“Mastery of the fundamentals is the same in any environment,” said Capt. Travis Edwards, native of Spring Hill, Kansas, commander of Company A, 4th Bn., 6th Inf. Regt., 3rd ABCT, 1st AD.
“We are assessing marksmanship in field conditions, fire distribution, fire commands, and synchronization of fires and that is applicable to whatever operational environment these Soldiers will go to.”