Army

May 24, 2012

Maintenance key to 1-144 annual field training

Tags:
Story and photos by Sgt. Zachary A. Gardner
11th ACR Public Affairs Office

A trooper from 1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment, California National Guard ground guides a M109 Paladin during 1-144 FA’s annual field training exercise at the National Training Center May 17.

If you’re a Soldier, maintenance is an essential part of your life. No matter what your occupational specialty or career field is in the Army, all Soldiers have to maintain their equipment, especially if they only get one weekend a month, two weeks a year to use it.

Troopers from 1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment, California National Guard perform maintenance on a M109 Paladin at the National Training Center May 17. The battalion conducted maintenance on all of its wheeled and track vehicles to increase operational readiness during their annual field training exercise.

Troopers from 1st Battalion, 144th Field Artillery Regiment, California National Guard conducted maintenance on all of the battalion’s wheeled and track vehicles to increase operational readiness during their annual field training exercise at the National Training Center May 11-25.

“We’re out here to re-familiarize ourselves with firing and our jobs,” said Spc. Rudy Ramirez Jr., B Battery, 1-144 FA. “It just gives us an opportunity to continue training and keep us from rusting.”

The focus of 1-144’s annual training was to improve the battalion’s core competency with artillery fires, field sustainment operations, civil support operations, vehicle maintenance, and Soldiers’ proficiency with individual and collective tasks.

A major part of the annual training is to ensure that all of the equipment is in working order, said Spc. Steven Eckenrod, B Battery, 1-144 FA.

“Maintenance is the key for everything, but firing is the best part,” said Ramirez.

The battalion also conducted individual weapons qualifications in preparation for their mission as California’s Ready Reaction Force.

“We also go to the range and operate our M4s and take classes on crew-served weapons too,” said Ramirez.

1-144 FA and the 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry, Nevada National Guard are both attached to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. This allows for the 11th ACR to deploy as a brigade combat team level unit.

“It’s great, I love it,” said Ramirez. “We get to shoot some live rounds and have a good time.”




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


 
 

 
Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC

A Day of Gratitude

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC Gold Star and Blue Star families assemble with leadership and Soldiers of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin for a photo during the “Day of Gratitude” event here, Nov. 25. In an ongoing...
 
 
DoD
Gustavo Bahena

Defense Secretary: NTC prepares Soldiers for future threats, challenges

Gustavo Bahena Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks with Soldiers during a visit to the training area here, Nov. 16. The Secretary of Defense for the United States observed training and spoke with Soldiers during a visit her...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

Holiday season a time to honor the spirit of gratitude

Courtesy Photo Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Rodriguez, command sergeant major for 1916th Support Battalion, 916th Support Brigade, speaks with community members enjoying a Thanksgiving meal here, Nov. 25. Leadership greeted and served...
 

 
Gustavo Bahena

New Parent Support Program provides gift baskets

Gustavo Bahena Stephanie Ferguson, a registered nurse with New Parent Support Program, Family Advocacy Program, holds items for a “Welcome Home Baby Basket” gift. Ferguson meets new babies’ families at home and provides a...
 
 
Photo courtesy of Sue Ollar

Worth the journey

Photo courtesy of Sue Ollar Steven Shopa, Colt Boehringer and Blake Bair make the Scout sign during a ceremony in which they were awarded the Eagle Scout medal. Three Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremon...
 
 
Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC

Thanksgiving meal brings community together

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC A Gold Star Family child receives a Thanksgiving meal from a Fort Irwin commissioned officer at a dining facility here, Nov. 25. The Fort Irwin community was treated to a Thanksgiving feast at both ...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin