1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
An M1A2 Abrams tank,
manned by armor crewmen of 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division, conducts a breaching maneuver, breaking through a barrier constructed by opposing forces during "Raider Strike,"
a brigade-level training event to validate small unit tactics and capabilities. May 22, 2012. "Raider" Brigade Soldiers conducted two months
of training in preparation for an upcoming rotation to the National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Calif.
By SPC Nathan Thome
FORT CARSON, Colo. - Soldiers of
1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, continue to train
"Raider Strike" exercise at Camp Red Devil, which began April 30 and will run through late June, in preparation for an
upcoming rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.
During Raider Strike, company
commanders and their troops are refining fundamental maneuver
skills to better employ
combat forces and perform decisive actions on the battlefield.
"This training provides
realistic scenario-based situations in which Soldiers apply their
abilities to complete tasks,"
said Maj. Wayne Keeler, training and operations officer-in-charge, 1st Special Troops Battalion.
"It serves as a culmination of training exercises for 1st BCT Soldiers from individual to company-sized elements."
Throughout the training
exercise, Soldiers from the brigade's six battalions serve as
training enablers, opposing forces
and role-players to assist units in validating skills. The training regimen included vehicle maneuver exercises, air and ground
medical evacuation lanes, and react -to-contact and chemical attack drills.
"These exercises have given
us the opportunity to plan and maneuver our forces in a
(force-on-force scenario)," said
1st Lt. Joseph Izraelevitz, a platoon leader assigned to Company C, 1 st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment.
"Our Soldiers continued to push forward when the exercises put them in high-intensity situations."
The training event provided
Raider BCT armor crewmen and infantrymen the opportunity to work
together, while learning
new skills and understanding each other's roles and responsibilities on the battlefield.
"Being a mounted element,
we don't usually work with infantry," said Spc.
Hector Vega, an armor crewman assigned to
Company C, 1st Bn., 22nd Inf. Regt. "The way we maneuver is different than the way a dismounted element maneuvers,
which taught us more about each other, and provided a valuable learning experience."
During each scenario-based
training exercise, senior leaders from throughout the brigade
served as observers for the training units,
providing a un-biased assessment of their performances.
"We want to ensure that
battalions are performing to the best of their abilities,"
said Keeler, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich.
"Providing an impartial set of eyes gives battalions a quality assessment in training and proficiency levels."
The assessments offer leaders a
clear understanding of what is expected of the battalions, Keeler
said. By knowing their
unit's competency level, commanders can identify and correct deficiencies, while adapting to the mission.
During Raider Brigade's previous
deployment to Afghanistan from 2010-2011, Soldiers traveled by
Ambush Protected vehicles and conducted dismounted patrols instead of using the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles and
Ml Abrams tanks. Given an opportunity to train with their assigned armored fighting vehicles, Raider Soldiers are working hard
to develop their skills, staying proficient in their warrior tasks, while improving their capabilities, Keeler said.
"There is always room for
improvement, so we continue to train and better ourselves,"
said Izraelevitz, a native of Los Alamos, N.M.
"When the brigade goes to NTC, we want our Soldiers trained to the best of their abilities."
After completing Raider Strike,
1 st BCT units will deploy to NTC as a brigade-sized element,
combining the battalion missions
to conduct military operations in realistic combat situations.
For extensive photos of 1st Battalion during Raider Strike, click on the following link:
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