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Soldiers conduct Javelin training in Poland

By Spc. Hubert Delany | 22ND MOBILE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DETACHMENT | January 24, 2018

ZAGAN, Poland – Soldiers with the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, completed training on the Javelin weapon system in Swietoszow, Poland in support of Atlantic Resolve Jan. 11.

     During the 40-hour block of training, the “Long Knife” Soldiers learned how to aim, maintain and effectively engage potential targets with the Javelin by training with a Basic Skills Trainer, a computerized system that allows users to train without actually firing live munitions.

     Staff Sgt. Shea Raysin, a cavalry scout with the 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., has worked with the Javelin system for more than five years and stressed the importance of the training.

     “With this course, we will have more certified Javelin teams,” Raysin said. “It provides more expertise to our fundamental skills, and it makes the 4th Cavalry Regiment that much more lethal on the battlefield.”

     The Soldiers honed their skills by using the Javelin Basic Skills Trainer. Raysin explained the BST’s ability to provide a realistic training experience in varying virtual settings saves the U.S. Army money and permits the Soldiers in 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt., to train in simulations that resemble their current surroundings in Europe.

     Supervisors monitored the battle drills, aid in the training and inserted scenarios, which included misfires and malfunctions, in order to test each Soldier’s ability to react and overcome obstacles.

     The Javelin is considered the first “fire-and-forget” shoulder-fired, anti-armor weapon system. Its unique top-attack flight mode, self-guiding tracking system and advanced warhead design allows it to defeat all known tanks up to 2,500 meters away from the point-of-fire.

     Pvt. Brandon Cook, a cavalry scout in 5th Sqdn., 4th Cav. Regt. took part in the training and said he felt it better prepared him and his teammates for their current mission.

      “We will be quicker and more proficient with this weapon system now,” Cook said. “We are going to take this training and we are going to use it to do what we do best — get the job done. Whatever may come, every one of us is going to be ready.”

      The training reinforced the Soldiers’ proficiency in supporting NATO allies and partners as a part of Atlantic Resolve.

      Atlantic Resolve is a U.S. endeavor to fulfill NATO commitments by rotating units throughout the European theater to deter aggression against NATO allies and partners in Europe.