Training focuses on crew familiarization, qualification
A military policeman with HHC, STB, 1st ABCT takes aim with a night vision device Oct. 19 at Fort Riley’s Digital Multipurpose Range Complex. Photo by: Capt. Tawiana Jenkins, 1ST ABCT.
Story by: Capt. Tawiana Jenkins, 1ST ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Military police with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conducted unstabilized gunnery training with 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 1st Inf. Div., Oct. 15 to 20 at the Digital Multipurpose Range Complex.
The "Punishers" participated in Operation Pale Rider with the scouts. The emphasis during gunnery training was crew familiarization and crew qualification.
Unstabilized gunnery involves shooting a M2A1 .50 caliber machine gun weapon system from an unstabilized platform on top of a humvee. Unstabilized platforms are vehicles that have mounted crew-serve weapons, without a control system that provides stabilization.
The MPs provided a total of five crews to train on the vehicles and weapons systems. In preparation for qualification, Soldiers executed both day- and night-fire exercises.
According to 2nd Lt. Jason Jordan, MP platoon leader, STB, each iteration ranged from 30 minutes to an hour-and-a-half per engagement, with six engagements the crews were involved in, including critical crew skills, day- and night-dry fire, basic machine gun, extended range machine gun, basic crew practice and qualifications.
"The significance of unstabilized gunnery for the MP platoon is to certify our crews and provide our Soldiers the opportunity to become proficient and familiar with mission-essential tasks and equipment," said Lt. Col. Brann Calvetti, STB commander. "Overall, this training is top priority in preparation for any combat intense situations."
"The highlight of this training for us is working together and building team cohesion," added Sgt. Wesley Ulmer, team leader, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, STB.