Army

August 2, 2012

I Battery trains on Stinger Missile at Pendleton

Story and photos by Sgt. Anthony J. Lecours

Troopers from I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, got the opportunity to visit the Marine Corps Stinger Missile Trainer in Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 26. The trainer is a 40-foot dome that projects terrain and aircraft in a 360-degree pattern with a 70-degree vertical field of view.

“It really is great training,” said Pvt. Morgan D. Frier. “It allows us some hands-on time to get familiar with the weapon system.”

Troopers from I Battery, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducted a Stinger qualification exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 26.

The training was conducted to certify the Air Defense Artillery troopers on the FIM-92 Stinger Missile. The Stinger is classified as a Man Portable Air Defense System and is an integral part of the Air Defense Corps. Troopers work in two man stinger teams, with a gunner and a team chief who assists in spotting the targets.

“The amazing part about this training is it gives our troopers a safe practical exercise to build their confidence,” said 2nd Lt. Joel Podbereski. “This confidence in the weapon system will have real world applications if and when they are required to engage the enemy in a combat environment.”

Certification for the weapon system is held every six months, with the top teams from the certification getting the chance to fire a live Stinger Missile. To complete the certification, the team has to successfully engage four out of five enemy aircraft, and not have wrongfully engaged a single friendly target.

“It has a very high probability of a hit,” said Sgt. Forrest D. Zimmer. “That why it’s important to get out here to eliminate any operator errors, so we can effectively use the weapon system.”

The training and certification ended July 27, with a plaque of appreciation to the 3rd LAAD Battalion, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, for the not only the use of the facility but the training and knowledge they were able to provide.




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