Army

May 17, 2012

Fort Irwin Soldiers take on Pre-Ranger Course

Tags:
Story and photos by Sgt. Anthony J. Lecours

1st Sgt Michael J. Spear, K Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and course instructor of a 11th ACR’s Pre- Ranger Course, crawls under a series of crossed trip wires to show troopers how to navigate the obstacle at Fort Irwin May 8.

All the way through a Ranger Physical Fitness Test, an obstacle course, and a12- mile ruck march, the instructors of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Pre-Ranger Course gave the cadets 110 percent of their attention to help them pass the course May 7-11.

The course gave Ranger-qualified officers and noncommissioned officers the chance to share their knowledge with troopers who wish to earn their Ranger Tab. The instructors worked alongside the troopers during the course, providing encouragement and leadership.

“It’s important that the troopers see us doing the challenges alongside them,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Wood, K troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th ACR and course instructor. “It shows them that it can be accomplished.”

1st Sgt. Michael J. Spear, a course instructor and first sergeant of K Troop, 2nd squadron, 11th ACR, ran the course as a physical assessment for the initial three days of Ranger School. The course also included a Combat Water Survival Course Test and land navigation test.

“We see about a 60 percent attrition rate,” said Spear.  “The troopers need to learn when to push through the discomfort.  It’s the difference between being hurt and being injured.”

The course has been operating for more than a year and has helped six troopers graduate from the Army’s Ranger School. Two troopers from the 11 ACR are currently in Ranger School.

“I look up to a lot of the instructors,” said Pfc. Ezra J. Ward of K Troop. “They have taught me a ton of little things, like how to pack your ruck or overcome an obstacle.  It’s really encouraging to watch the instructors do the challenges right beside us.”

If you are Ranger hopeful, do two-a-day exercise sessions, recommended Spear. Extended runs and road marches are where they see most of the dropouts.

“It’s all about heart,” said Ward. “If you want to be a Ranger, you’ve got to have the intestinal fortitude to run the course.”

More than 40 of the 51 troopers that started the course were cut before the fourth day of events.

“You want to cut them slack,” said Wood. “But we can’t, our job is to get as many troopers as we can tabbed because a lot of doors open up for Ranger-qualified troopers.”

Troopers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment climb upside down during an obstacle course at Fort Irwin May 8. The obstacle course was one of several challenges the Troopers faced during the 11th ACR’s Pre-Ranger Course.

Troopers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment conduct a 12-mile ruck march as part of the 11th ACR’s Pre-Ranger Course at Fort Irwin May 9. The course is designed to test and train Troopers for the initial phase of the Army Ranger School.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
front_page

Fort Irwin Soldiers honored at Armed Forces Day event

Children surround Spc. Matthew Bragg – of B Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment – for a photo opportunity at the 2015 Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade, May 16.   Leadership, Soldiers and civilian employe...
 
 

News Briefs June 2015

Now through Aug. 5 SAC Summer Camp. 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday. 1322 Pork Chop Hill. The Fort Irwin School Age Center Summer Camp Program accommodates children from kindergarten to fifth grade. SAC encourages physical, emotional, and social development through the following service areas: sports, fitness, and health options; life skills, citizenship...
 
 
Sgt. Erik Thurman

Memorial Day ceremonies supported by 11th ACR

Sgt. Erik Thurman Major Bradley Lang addresses an audience during a Memorial Day ceremony at Desert View Memorial Park in Victorville, Calif., May 25. The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment had the honor of participating in three Me...
 

 

Garrison command team will miss installation, great people

For the command team of Col. Jon Braga and Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Esmurria, leaving Fort Irwin in July will be a bittersweet moment. The two have been at the helm of Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison, the organization that manages the cantonment area of this military installation, since mid-2013. It will be 24...
 
 
Leslie Ozawa

NTC bids farewell to post CSM, hails interim

Leslie Ozawa National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin congratulates Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Travers. Travers received a Legion of Merit award for his service to the NTC as post command sergea...
 
 
IMG_5348

11th ACR Horse Detachment demonstrates tradition

Sgt. 1st Class Roman Hacker leads fellow Horse Handlers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Horse Detachment on a beach ride at Salinas River State Beach in Marina, Calif., May 8.   Friends of the Fort Ord Warhorse welcom...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>