Local

August 16, 2012

511th MICO Smoke Platoon’s mission unique in Army

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

A cloud of thick smoke rises over the city allowing Soldiers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment concealment while infiltrating the objective at the National Training Center Aug. 10. Smoke Platoon, 511th Military Intelligence Company races ahead of the convoy in Humvees with the M56 Coyote smoke generator billowing thick smoke in their wake.

“We are the only smoke platoon on active duty,” said Staff Sgt. Damaar Green, the platoon sergeant of Smoke Platoon. “We really are unique in the services we can provide and when used effectively we can be a major force multiplier.”

The smoke provides concealment for friendly forces as the move from objective to objective. The primary difference between the smoke from a Coyote and a smoke grenade is volume. The generator pumps out enough smoke to conceal vehicles as they move in.

“It’s great to get out there and blow some smoke,” said Smoke Platoon Soldier Spc. Emily Romo. “It’s difficult though because we are on the front lines so often we are the first ones to engage the rotational unit.

Smoke obscuration operations deny the enemies sight and targeting capabilities. In addition to the physical loss of sight smoke provides the psychological advantage of appearing to strike from nowhere.

“Terrain is definitely a huge obstacle we face,” said Spc. Regineka Upshur. “We are limited to what we can cover based on where our Humvee can go.”




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


 
 

 

Legal counsel helps Soldiers with Integrated Disability Evaluation System

Soldiers undergoing a medical evaluation board sometimes feel lost and confused with the significant decisions they have to make that will affect their military careers and the rest of their lives. The Office of Soldiers’ Counsel is the Army’s team of qualified and trained attorneys and paralegals who assist Soldiers in the Integrated Disability Evaluation...
 
 
Convoy_brief

NTC trainers prepare units for success on battle fields of today, tomorrow

Staff Sgt. Marcus McCormick, of the 289th Quartermaster Company, provides a convoy its mission brief Aug. 20 during a morning supply mission.   The training that rotational units receive here can be brutal – challenging ...
 
 
Photo by Capt. Jessica Cook

Women combat isolation with mentorship

Photo by Capt. Jessica Cook Sgt. Meriem Ettioutioui (right), 51st Translator and Interpreter Company, talks with Spc. Farida Alvi and Spc. Maryam Mahfeli, also with 51st TICO, about her deployment experience in 2013. The tough ...
 

 
Photo by Sgt. Erik Thurman, 11th ACR

Vietnam Veterans return to unit

Photo by Sgt. Erik Thurman, 11th ACR Dale Leesman, a Vietnam era Veteran of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, shows his tattoo of the regiment’s patch, Sept. 5. The 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia a...
 
 

News Briefs October 2014

Ongoing The AFAP Conference is an annual event where Soldiers, family members and civilians discuss issues submitted by the community, and recommend solutions. Local issues may be sent to higher levels for review and resolution. Conferences are held at installations Army-wide and have resulted in 128 pieces of legislation in 31 years. The Post 9/11...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Summer program a success

Courtesy photo Children and volunteers gather for a group photo during the “Wilderness Escape” Vacation Bible Study program, which ran July 28-Aug. 1. “Wilderness Escape” was the theme of Fort Irwin’s Summer Vacation ...
 




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