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.


 
 

 

A service invested in your community

The Fort Irwin Exchange plans to complete improvements to some of their facilities and enhance their provided services to the community by this spring. “Currently, the Service Station on Langford Lake Road is undergoing an image upgrade to make it look more appealing for our customers and to increase efficiency related to customer service,” stated...
 
 

News Briefs March 2015

Ongoing Free tax filing services. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Tax center, building 230. Available to active duty military personnel (including Reserves and National Guard on orders for 30 days or more), their dependents, and military retirees. Call 380-3604. March 9 Army Emergency Relief Kick-off Breakfast. 8:30 a.m. Fort Irwin Event Center....
 
 
Photo by Sgt. David Nye, 204th PAD

Reserve Soldiers train, broadcast on ‘The Heat’

Photo by Sgt. David Nye, 204th PAD Pfc. Nicholle Salvatierra, a broadcast journalist with the 222nd Broadcast Operations Detachment, jumps feet first into the pool at a drown-proofing training session at here, Feb. 7. Soldiers ...
 

 

Water purifiers hit their targets

Soldiers of the 968th Quartermaster Company conducted battle training assembly including range operations here, Feb. 7. The Tustin, California-based unit practiced their water purification mission and honed their marksmanship proficiencies during their two-day stay. “We’re out here doing realistic training and also trying to get more experience on the water purification systems,” said Sgt...
 
 
Photo by Spc. Randis Monroe, Operations Group

Black Jack brigade finishes training

Photo by Sgt. Henrique Luiz de Holleben, Operations Group Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, plan a casualty evacuation during decisive action rotation 15-05 ...
 
 
Photo by G.A. Volb, Public Affairs Office

Fort Irwin construction season in full swing

Photo by G.A. Volb, Public Affairs Office Ashton Walker, contract employee on a new water treatment plant here, welds on the plant’s clarifying tanks, Feb. 10. The $100-million water treatment plant will recycle/reuse nearly ...
 




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