‘Fighting Sixth’ finishes first AGI village at Riley
Story by: Sgt. Keven Parry
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Two air-ground integration villages were validated by the 1st Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Sept. 29, completing a process to develop the first AGI village at Fort Riley.
"The intent for today was to go out and actually stand in those villages and talk to the Scout Weapons Team on the radio and have them come in and engage the targets," said Warrant Officer 3 Norman Armstrong, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot, 1st Sqdn. 6th Cav. Regt.
Two villages were built on a range, which was originally designed to support heavily armored vehicles like tanks. The villages are set up to allow ground troops to perform assault or occupy operations. During occupy operations, ground troops can call in aerial support against ground targets further down range.
"I can put any Soldier inside those villages, and they can see targets downrange and call those targets in and watch the rounds being delivered," Armstrong said.
The purpose of the AGI villages is to prepare Soldiers for operations down range.
The effort to validate the villages involved support from the 1st Sqdn., 6th Cav. Regt., range support, as well as other CAB units.
"You always think of bureaucracy when you're dealing with Army things, and there's been none of that here," Armstrong said. "Surprisingly, there was really no hiccups, as far as getting this going."
Col. Mike Morgan, CAB commander, showed his support at the range during the validation of the second village, in addition to the support he gave prior to the event. While at the second village, Morgan executed close combat attack call for fire for the Scout Weapons Team, which then engaged and eliminated the targets he designated.
"Range support has been tremendous throughout this initiative," Morgan said. "All of us (cooperate) together to make these things happen, so the ground and aviation forces have the most realistic training possible."
Moving the entire process from conception to completion culminated in the validation event. After constant communication through phone calls, emails and PowerPoint presentations, as well as several changes and ordering the villages and construction, the range was finally ready.
"Finally you get to see the culmination of your work being put into effect today," Armstrong said.