This week the Regiment returned from a great block leave. Everyone took the opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the holidays before kicking off the Year of Execution. The Regiment’s leadership involvement at all levels resulted in a very low serious incident rate throughout the ranks over block leave.
Our return from the holidays has been a productive one, Steven Gventer and Scott Cheney’s Squadrons have done some great planning, preparation, and leader development for their Gate 2 Platoon Certifications preparing them for Troop VALEX and eFP.
Mark Himes and his Engineer Squadron initiated movement to construct defensive positions in the HTA in preparation for the Regiment’s defensive LPD. I am looking forward to the hands-on LPD and the ability to walk the terrain with current and future Troop Commanders, allowing Leaders to see the battle positions and obstacles that Mark’s Engineers constructed. This LPD will provide our Troopers with a great opportunity to see, first hand, the application of doctrinal concepts on terrain, to better prepare them for our upcoming VALEX and future operations. Curtis’ team has been great in facilitating the use of the training area as well as informing our doctrinal vs practical understanding of the defense.
Finally, this week, the Regiment’s Staff has been hard at work finalizing plans for the Troop VALEX. I feel comfortable with the staff’s work and I know their effort is going to reflect in the great training our Troops are going to receive over the next few weeks during VALEX. This training is not only critical as we progress through OBJ-T but will prove useful when we ask our young leaders to execute training with our multi-national partners across Europe throughout the year.
2CR Summary of the Week
Junior Leader Development:
Wolfpack prepared to execute Gate 2 Platoon Certifications (Operation DireWolf) which start this Saturday. Throughout the week, Troopers completed numerous Professional Development sessions, a Squadron level ROC drill, CH-47 cold-load training, and a PLT LFX TEWT. Starting on 07 JAN 17 (Saturday) the 3/2 Platoons will occupy the Grafenwoehr Training Area for 12 days, before conducting a reset to prepare for the Troop VALEX encompassing the remainder of January.
The Regiment Engineering Squadron continued its preparations to provide critical operational support to the Regiment Validation Exercises this week. Additionally, the initial movements were executed in the construction of a defensive position at the HTA in support of the Regimental Defense LDP. The RES also continued their preparations to support the Regimental Troop Validation Exercises in an effort to support the training of the maneuver leaders at the troop and platoon levels. Such support enables the maneuver leaders to execute a variety of missions ISO US Army Europe (USAREUR) and NATO.
1/2 Squadron (War Eagles)
2017 is off to a positive start. War Eagles returned from leave ready to train in the New Year. This week was primarily preparation for our Team through Squad LFXs and Gunnery Density commencing after the MLK Weekend, and two Troop CoCs next Wednesday. Thanks to LTC Campion and the Saber Team for the planning and prep for Scout Platoon training – this is unquestionably more effective than unilateral training and I appreciate it greatly. There’s a ton of great things going on and well captured in the Troop CDR’s SITREPs. I’d highlight a note from Comanche regarding the success of the Schutzenschnur Qualification on 17DEC16: “In all, 269 Soldiers across 12 separate units earned their badges.” Impressively, this event was made possible by a self-starting Specialist. We’re all looking forward to the LPD and New Year’s receptions next week, and continuing to set the tone for a great calendar year.
-War Eagle 6
Summary from this Week
This week, the War Eagle Troop’s hit the ground running after a very successful and quiet block leave. The Squadron is proud to say that there were little to no significant events to report through the duration of block leave. The primary focus after Block Leave was preparation for the upcoming Gunnery and LFXs. Troops were heavily involved in vehicle maintenance; ensuring that all deficiencies identified during the last FTX were either fixed, or parts were on order. SSG Young from Bull Troop, who is serving as the Squadron’s Stryker Master Trainer, is also doing an excellent job supporting the Squadron’s Training Progression with Gunnery Skills Training.
The Medical Platoon is also hard at work in preparation for the EFMB. Beginning this week, they have begun weekly EFMB Training, to include intensive planning with the Squadron Staff. The Platoon is also pairing up with the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Center (CSF2) to help with the mental preparation necessary for EFMB. The first class was an overview of the program and provided statistics of how performance can be greatly enhanced using the mental skills provided. The Platoon will be working with CSF2 two hours every week.
In addition, Comanche Troop was able to enhance our alliance with our German Allies. Comanche’s 1st Sergeant, 1SG Lockett, was able to finalize a meeting with the German Specialty School Sergeant Major this week. The meeting with the SGM will be on 06JAN17 to solidify our relationship and lay the groundwork to bolster our ties and strengthen the alliance. Two of the Troop’s top junior enlisted men, PFC Immel and PFC Mata were hand-picked by the Troop leadership to attend the pilot program for German Sniper School starting on 09JAN17.
Aside from all of the training, Bull, Comanche, and Dakota Troop were involved in their respective Change of Command tasks. Layouts were performed and the majority of inventories have been completed. The Troops also took the time to welcome new Soldier’s that arrived during the block leave period. They have been welcomed and integrated into their respective Squads.
The Squadron Staff, this week, was focused on finalizing the necessary tasks for a successful Gunnery and LFXs. In addition, they have continued to plan for future training events. The S2 shop in particular has been heavily involved in the initial IPB production and submission of BICES account requests. The Shop has also conducted analytically focused training, and solidified upcoming training opportunities for our analysts. They have divided their analytical lines of effort into six areas and allocated personnel against each accordingly to appropriately prepare for our upcoming exercises. Moving forward, these analysts are responsible for administrative and operational IPB production, RFI management, and CoIST support for each respective exercise. Separately, the shop participated in a block of instruction hosted by the RS2 and conducted preparations for upcoming training events to advance our analysts MOS proficiency and individual Soldier skills.
Next week, the Squadron will continue to focus on preparation for Gunnery and the upcoming LFXs.
2/2 Squadron (Cougars)
Happy New Year from Cougar Squadron!!!
We continue to prepare for the stand-up and progress the unit towards being the 1st NATO eFP Battle Group as we begin our roll-out to platoon STX and LFXs and training across the Squadron. Appreciate the time with you, the RCSM and members of the staff discussing and walking Range 201 yesterday. Very beneficial and I am looking forward to the execution for the Troops.
Simultaneously to our training here in Germany, we continue conducting our PDSSs and meetings in Poland for Mission Command and with a separate team working at BPTA on the Statement of Requirements with the Polish Brigade and Croatian Army leaders that we are proud to have on the team for eFP.
Special thanks and appreciation for the help from across the Regiment and other Squadron’s experts from the RES, RSS and Fires SQDN as well as the support from the USAREUR staff who are fully engaged in the process of SoR submissions, Mission Command solutions and life support improvements.
This is a team effort and we will continue to improve our position prior to arrival and from April forward to ensure we can accomplish our mission for EUCOM/NATO’s deterrence and defense efforts in this Year of Execution!
Priorities for this week were final preparations and leader certification for the start of next week’s Platoon Evaluations (LFX and STX) and continued eFP planning with us participating in two separate concurrent combined planning events in Poland. With our return from winter leave, we are now less than 70-days out from the start of our Tactical Road March to Poland and the establishment of the eFP Battle Group in Poland. In the first of several upcoming internal-2CR task organization changes to build the Battle Group, FA Squadron’s Fire Supporters were officially attached to the Squadron on 5 January. The Squadron XO, FST Commander, Fire Support Officer, Signals Officer and NCOIC were in Poland this week for two concurrent eFP planning events – the Mission Command Conference in Warsaw and the Croatian PDSS to BPTA. Both events were immensely valuable in building Allied cohesion and shared understanding within the Battle Group, as well as, in beginning some essential operational discussions about how we will actually achieve interoperability across warfighting functions to be prepared to “fight tonight.” On the eFP Tactical Road March front, consolidated Regimental diplomatic clearance requests, reflecting the entire anticipated 2CR eFP contribution, were submitted to the Regimental Transportation Section and we initiated talks with the Embassy Prague ODC regarding the route through the Czech Republic.
While we continue to push the eFP ball forward, the main focus for the Squadron this week was preparations for next week’s Platoon Evaluations. On Thursday, we certified leaders with an O/C and safety academy for all platoon sergeants and above. As a final leader certification event before starting the training, we’ll conduct a Leader Safety TEWT at Range 301 this Sunday. We additionally hosted members of 12th CAB for an AMCM in order finalize the attack aviation support plan for next week’s training. Eagle Troop and elements of HHT and FST are the first to deploy the field with a departure planned for this Saturday.
Summary from this Week:
Enable the Alliance / Deter to Defend – eFP Mission Command Conference
This week, the Squadron XO, S6, S6 NCOIC, and the RS6’s CW2 Garcia participated in the Polish-led eFP Mission Command Conference, which included CIS leaders from NATO’s JFC Brunssum, SHAPE J6 Plans, USAREUR G6, Polish General Command, the Croatian Land Forces G6, and the UK Armed forces. Significant outputs from this conference included clear designation of the Battle Group tactical radio network and agreement to initially use the Polish Military Network as the Battle Group’s digital mission command network. The Polish Military Network will serve as an interim digital network solution until a secure NATO network becomes available across eFP Battle Groups. A big thanks to Mr. Stegall from USARUER G6 for bringing his technical expertise to this conference.
Enable the Alliance – eFP Croatian Delegation Visits to Future Battle Group Home –
CPT Andrew Jordan, 2/2 CR FST Commander, and 1LT(P) Mike Fiuk, our intrepid Polish-speaking FSO, joined by USAREUR’s MAJ Ryan Nacin accompanied the Croatian delegation visiting BPTA on 4-5 January. This was the first Croatian visit to their new Battle Group home since formally committing forces to the eFP mission last month. Croatia is contributing a M92 Vulkan (BM-21) self-propelled rocket artillery battery, consisting of approximately 80 personnel, to the eFP Battle Group. This combined 2CR-Croatian PDSS was invaluable for identifying additional sustainment requirements to support the Croatian contingent as well as building shared understanding within the Battle Group around the eFP mission to “deter to defend” and the unique indirect fires capability provided by the Vulkan Battery.
3/2 Squadron (Wolfpack)
The Wolfpack entered the New Year prepared to execute Gate 2 Platoon Certifications (Operation DireWolf) starting this Saturday. Over the past week, we’ve completed numerous Professional Development sessions, a Squadron level ROC drill to ensure our formation is prepared to deploy to the field, cold-load training with CH-47s from 1-3 AVN and will culminate the week with a PLT LFX TEWT in accordance with the 2CR LFX Policy. Overall, I’m very pleased with the level of preparation our Staff and Troops have put forward as we begin our Squadron deployment to the Grafenwoehr Training Area for the next 12x days, then reset for Troop VALEX encompassing the remainder of January. The overall concept of operation for our Platoon VALEX is attached. Looking forward to a great training event—WOLFPACK!
The Squadron executes the Operation Direwolf ROC drill.
Reinforcing upcoming Gate 2 and Gate 1 training, the Squadron conducted an Air Assault LPD lead by CPT Vanderlip, Iron Troop Commander. The LPD focused on the basic requirements and attention to detail required for planning an air assault.
The LPD was followed by Air-to-Ground Integration training, conducted by 1LT Pribble, the AH-64 Platoon Leader (1-3 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Katterbach) who is providing support for Operation Direwolf. Likewise, 1-3 AVN provided 2 x CH-47s for Cold Load training, allowing Platoons to conduct critical rehearsals ahead of operations.
Iron and Lightning Troop conduct Cold Load Training prior to conducting Operation Direwolf, Platoon Gate 2 Certifications.
Concurrently, the Squadron Staff finalized range preparations (LFX and STX), set up the Squadron TOC, and conducted final range certifications. Final preparation concluded with the Squadron TEWT on 06 JAN at Range 211.
Notable Wolfpack Announcements:
Prior to the Block Leave, SSG Gebhart made the Senior Leader’s Course Commandant’s List at Fort Benning, GA.
4/2 Squadron (Saber)
Following a great block leave period, Saber is back and getting after it. As you can see below, the team hit the ground running with GST for the sustainment gunnery we’re running next week in order to maximize the platoon live fires at the end of January. Similarly, Kirby’s MGS platoons will shoot a section level live fire next week. This is something we felt was necessary from a preparation and risk mitigation perspective prior to the Infantry Troop VALEX live fires. Finally, it was good to get all of the Regiment’s Scout PLs and PSGs in one room to give them the admin portion of the order for the upcoming Platoon Certification (Live fire on 118 and STX north east of Weiden in MRA1). It is shaping up to be a great event.
Summary from this Week:
After a refreshing block leave Saber Squadron quickly transitioned right into training. The primary training focus this week was Table I, the Gunnery Skills Test (GST). The training consisted of five different stations: .50 cal, MK19, 240B, RWS, and vehicle/ammo ID. Each crew participating in the Squadron’s sustainment gunnery tested and passed assembly, disassembly, functions check, and stoppage correction on their specific weapon system; with all participants completing the vehicle/ammo ID test. This turned out to be a great opportunity to train our newest Troopers in preparation for upcoming Platoon and Troop certifications, even with the numerous weather delays throughout the week.
This week also provided Troops time to conduct individual training for their Soldiers. HHT conducted a CATS-C JCR Operators Course as well as the class room portion of land navigation course that will be executed next week. Nemesis executed the gunfighter gymnasium in order to heighten their motor skills associated with the rapid decision making process of shooting under mental and physical stress such as loud noises and rapid movement. Palehorse Troop executed pre-change of command layouts as well as the call for fire trainer. The MGS platoons began their preparations for their upcoming MGS sections certification in TW16. This event will certify them to conducted mounted maneuver in a live fire environment in support of 2/2’s and 3/2’s upcoming VALEX.
Troop leadership also took advantage of this week to teach LPDs based on Troop priorities. In anticipation of the CFF trainer, Palehorse’s FSO taught a LPD on call for fire procedures and indirect fires. Outlaw Troop taught an LPD on reconnaissance management. FST concluded the week with a holiday party focused on celebrating the New Year. Hosted at the bowling alley, the event gave Soldiers and their families the ability to bond with fellow families in their unit.
Finally, this week gave Squadron leadership the time to plan and brief for upcoming training events. The Squadron staff briefed all scout PLs and PSGs from across the Regiment on the upcoming scout platoon certification giving them more guidance on the event as well as the opportunity to ask relevant questions. This brief highlighted the SCOs vision and intent, focusing on how the Squadron can incorporate all reconnaissance assets within the Regiment, and ultimately support the total 2CR reconnaissance effort.
During TW 16 (T+1), the Squadron’s primary focus will be sustainment gunnery and MGS section certification. In addition to the primary training objective, each Troop will conduct individual training for all Soldiers not participating in the gunnery. These events include drivers training, dismounted team training, PLT maneuver training, land navigation, and a M110 zero range (Snipers). Two Squadron LPDs will occur concentrated on the netted LRAS3 capabilities and RES enablers as well as a Regimental LPD concentrated on the defense and engagement areas. LTC Campion will validate both the STX portion and the LFX portion of the scout platoon certification in TW 18 and 19. The week will conclude with the top five’s attendance at the RCOs New Year’s reception taking place on the 12th.
Additional photos and information can be found on the 4th Squadron Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/4thSquadron2dCavalryRegiment/
FA (Artillery Hell)
The New Year is off to a FANTASTIC start despite the weather. As you clearly indicated during this week’s Command and Staff, we recognize that we have just a couple of weeks before prime training begins, so we are taking this time to first, prepare ourselves to take full advantage of the training planned to occur, and second, place some emphasis on our administrative systems. Through the Regimental FSE, I am tracking developments with the Troop VALEX, and we are prepared to support this event over the coming weeks. Between myself, MAJ Maull, and MAJ Estrada, we look forward to providing oversight of Troop FSOs participating in the VALEX. Concurrent to the Troop VALEX, we will conduct Table XV (Battery Qualifications) and FiST Certifications. Overall, the remainder of this month and first part of next month should be pretty exciting…HELL YEAH!
Summary of the Week:
The Field Artillery Squadron currently has 18/18 howitzer sections certified 2xQ-36 crews certified, and 1xQ-37 crew certified. Our Soldiers have returned from leave and are busy preparing for what promises to be a busy quarter and a very busy year. First and foremost is our upcoming OPERATION FROZEN TIDE, in which our firing batteries will complete a challenging 96-hours STX lane, culminating in a battery live fire. Concurrently, we will support the VALEX by providing Troop FISTs and a firing platoon to integrate Fires into the lane. Our personnel are occupied with preparations for these outstanding events; everything from final planning to preparing equipment and weapons.
Next week, the Squadron will move through its final preparations for the VALEX and OPERATION FROZEN TIDE as well as execute Fire Direction University II (FDU II), an event that hones our FDCs’ abilities to provide timely Fires and effects in support of the Regiment. Additionally, Bulldog Battery will go to the Gas Chamber in preparation for eFP chemical defense training.
Summary from this Week:
The Pioneers have returned from block leave rejuvenated and motivated for the opportunities provided within the New Year. The Pioneer team has started strong and is postured to provide critical operational support to 2/2CR’s and 3/2CR’s platoon validation exercises, as well as obstacle construction in support of the Regimental Engagement Area Development LDP. The Pioneer Team is also preparing to support the Regimental Troop validation exercises. Leaders at all levels are engaged making sure the Soldiers and equipment are ready to conduct aggressive and realistic training. These efforts support training maneuver leaders at the troop and platoon levels on the integration of available combat multipliers organic to the Regiment, which enables the supported Troops and Squadrons to execute a variety of missions ISO US Army Europe (USAREUR) and NATO operations.
This week the Lakota Troop efforts centered on Medical personnel providing support to garrison clinical operations, ensuring individual Soldier medical readiness. The CBRN platoon conducted maintenance and prepared for the upcoming OIP inspection.
The primary focus for Argonaut Troop is the ongoing preparation of equipment and personnel to participate in the upcoming 1/2CR’s Gunnery, 2/2CR’s and 3/2CR’s Platoon Live Fire Exercise. Additionally, this week the Argonauts increased the Troop’s ability to conduct decentralized operations by conducting RTO troubleshooting training and completing the requirements for additional COMSEC carriers throughout the Troop,
Over Block Leave Beast Troop assisted the Regimental Master Gunner clear Range 201 of 40 ft. connexes that were impeding the path of proposed Regimental Troop VALEX live fire lanes. During this week, preparation continues for Beast Troop’s support to the Regimental EA DEV LPD. The Troop is also readying itself to support to the 4/2 PLT VALEX from 23JAN-05FEB17, with the certifications of teams and squads from 09-22JAN17 respectively.
Calusa Troop is prepared to conduct the Regimental RTO Academy scheduled for 17-20JAN17. The RTO Academy will showcase junior Soldiers instructing non-Signal operators in the proper setup, operation, and troubleshooting of various communications platforms. The primary training for the following week will be a SMART-T class and JNN crew drills, ensuring the readiness of the Regiments mission command capabilities. The SMART-T class focusses on maintaining operator proficiency, while the crew drills will lead to TTP refinement for future operations.
MI Troop remains focused on readiness in their preparation for the Prophet Enhanced fielding, vehicle maintenance, and UAS initial inventories of two new RQ-7B (v1) (Shadow) following an exchange with 173rd ABN. The exchange increasing the Regiment’s FMC Shadow’s from 2/4 to 4/4.
Elite Troop focus this week is the final preparations for the Convoy Defense Exercise, which will be conducted on range 201 for 17-20JAN17. Additionally, the Troop is providing transportation and maintenance support to B/RES’ movement HTA. The Troop continues to ensure that the proper systems and processes are in place for 16 USAREUR OIP inspections for the Troop scheduled for 23-27JAN17.
MI Troop conducted initial inventories of two RQ-7B (v1) following an exchange with 173rd ABN.
The RSS has returned from a well-deserved block leave period, ready to work and eager to support Regimental exercises. In addition to providing support and refinement to the sustainment plan for the Troop VALEX, the Squadron has worked even harder to ensure that we are prepared to conduct Crew Gunnery and a Convoy Live Fire- a rare opportunity for our formation. Our Troops ensured that they contributed to the Regiment’s readiness through skills training (EFMB and marksmanship) and mission support for the Troops preparing to conduct the VALEX this month. As always, the Muleskinner Squadron is standing by to provide logistical and medical support to the Regiment, and we continue to plan and train for future endeavors that support the mission of USAREUR.
Summary from this Week:
The main focus for Charlie Troop (CPT Marmol/1SG Ebert) this week has been to regroup from the block leave period and prepare for upcoming operations this month and early spring. C Troop will be starting EFMB training this week in preparation for the upcoming competition in late March. This is a coveted badge that is available to all personnel within the Army Medical Department for which the average pass rate is less than 20%. Training time will be allotted for many of the testable tasks to include Communications, Land Navigation, Medical Evacuation and individual medical tasks. This training will prove invaluable for those seeking to attain the badge. Our Headquarters Platoon executed a lane concept scenario which included tasks such as: assemble/disassemble an M4, conduct individual movement techniques, evaluate and treat a casualty and evacuate a casualty using a SKED Rescue System. The platoon is training these tasks in anticipation of having to perform these minor first-aid tasks during our upcoming exercises. Charlie Troop will be providing one MEV crew and an OC in order to facilitate Troop VALEX’s later in the month. Charlie Troop will be integral to the success of the Regiment’s medical capabilities, and will work in concert with the Regimental Surgeon cell to validate individual medical platoons for each Squadron. This will aid in establishing Regimental TTP’s concerning CASEVAC/MEDEVAC and will lay the groundwork for the flow of patients from the Medical platoons to the ROLE II and the communication and coordinating that needs to take place in order for this to occur.
Bravo Troop (CPT Deboest/1SG Townsend) began this year by focusing on several important tasks that will greatly improve readiness in regards to maintenance and services. The Armament Section conducted Command Maintenance on all of their vehicles as well as consolidating and organizing all services paperwork. This week’s focus for the ELM shop was on daily operations. The C&E Shop fixed 10 RT-1523 radios. The Missile Shop repaired 4 grip handles for LRAS systems and upgraded the systems from Block 1 to Netted. The S&R shop has continued to rearrange the vehicles for HQ PLT for motorpool organization. The 91Es continue to fabricate shelving units for the CBRN room. Work is still continuing on the Volcano Mounts for the RES, while three of the S&R Soldiers prepare for the Soldier of the Month Board. The Wheeled Vehicle team has been working on cleaning up the motorpool bays by getting parts ready for turn in. The section has been working on getting the squadron snow plow up in addition to troubleshooting 3 vehicles. The section has been working diligently to repair vehicles, with an estimated 4 pieces of equipment FMC by the end of the week.
This week Packhorse Soldiers (A Troop CPT Mills/1SG Smalls) returned in full force from Winter Block Leave. The main focus for leaders was examining the requirements for upcoming missions. Preparations are being made for A Troop’s participation in Regimental Support Squadron Gunnery and Convoy Live Fire as well as for upcoming field training exercises and the Decisive Action Training Environment Rotation. In conjunction with these exercises A Troop is preparing personnel and equipment for the support requirements for Troop Validation Exercises across the Regiment. Soldiers from the Fuel and Water Platoon were tasked to support the Regimental Engineer Squadron in Hohenfels Training Area as a part of preparations for the Regimental Commander’s LPD on Engagement Area Development. A fuel team was dispatched to provide class III (B) support to horizontal engineer assets digging and emplacing obstacles in the HTA. A Troop personnel attending Squadron Gunnery focused on equipment gun trucks with the communications equipment necessary to complete the gunnery exercise. To complete this Soldiers removed communications elements from M1097s and reinstalled them into M1151 gun trucks. In addition, internal communications systems were installed to provide the trucks with the systems needed to successfully complete gunnery.
The SSA was incredibly busy this week with over 15 trucks arriving at the SSA in addition to trucks that arrived just prior to close of business before the New Year’s four-day weekend. A fielding for an upgraded Prophet System also arrived at the SSA this week. Packhorse Soldiers assisted in receiving the fielding and also provided material handling equipment support to move the equipment from the SSA to the UAS Airfield outside of Rose Barracks. The Soldiers at the SSA continue to work diligently to reduce to backlog that has developed due to the high volume of trucks arriving at the SSA. The SSA Platoon also conducted training on building fighting positions as a part of Sergeants time training this week in preparation for the upcoming field training exercise and DATE rotation. The remainder of A Troop conducted additional training preparing for these upcoming exercises as well. The Trans Platoon conducted training on evacuate casualties and building casualty feeder cards. The Fuel and Water Platoon conducted training on properly finding azimuths and building range cards based off additional training requirements discovered during the last field training exercise.
The focus for RHHT (CPT Blankenship/1SG Fernandez) this week was completing Change of Command inventories. Scheduled inventories will conclude on Friday morning, with Friday afternoon scheduled for alibis. Paperwork will be finalized next Monday and CPT Fite will sign the books on Tuesday with PBO. The RMCP Platoon also conducted Gunnery Skills Training and Testing with 4/2. They received two new SGTs (gunners) this week and quickly integrated them into the Platoon. All four crews will be ready to conduct Tables III-VI beginning next week with 4/2 on range 132. In addition to Command Maintenance, HHT (CPT Minghella/1SG McCrudden) put a lot of focus on training and readiness, as the troop has an upcoming M4 range and gunnery. HHT also conducted communications training, and put emphasis on preparing the squadron’s communications systems for upcoming exercises. This ensures that Soldiers know how to correctly use the various systems, and that the systems will be correctly installed prior to gunnery and other vital missions.
This week the SPO shop is working in conjunction with Regimental S4 in order to create a comprehensive concept of support as well as the sustainment paragraph and annex F for the operation order. Additionally, key players from 2/2, Regimental Staff and SPO attended the weekly OPT with 21st TSC in order to go over the running list of RFIs as well as to receive updates on TSCs concept of support and order production. Next week the SPO will be visiting Poland with the BPTA to review operational support aspects and additionally will be attending the Luxembourg conference which will be an opportunity to speak to the other components of the battle group such as the UK and the Romanian players. The SPO shop also has been working on writing the statement of requirements by location for Saber Guardian 2017 and Noble Partner 2017 in a working group with the sustainers involved with SG17 and NP17; they went over the proposed route, RON/ROM sites as well as their future TPFDD data. SPO Maintenance has been working with USAREUR G-3 to coordinate and receive 91S support from the National Guard or Reserves to assist 2d CR in FY17 operations. SPO Maintenance has also been working on coordinating the Stryker Swap that will begin on 13FEB17, and coordinated with Petroleum and Water Systems (PAWS) to receive the V-2 valves for the Modular Fuel System – Tank Rack Module. The SPO Trans has processed 4 TMRS and 5 March Credits, as well as preparing and consolidating the files in preparation to submit them to the Transportation Portal for the Deployment Excellency award. SPO Ammo re-opened the SAHA for storage and 3/2 was notified that they will provide the guard force. They also reconciled and approved documents and provided the SPO deputy with Saber Junction Ammunition slides. SPOMED coordinated for 2/2CR to send one medic to train with the Regimental Physical Therapist until they depart for eFP. This will enhance their medical platoon’s operational capacity while forward deployed.