Local

July 5, 2013

Dragon Team Soldiers train, compete

Spc. Ernest Mummey mans an M2 .50 caliber machine gun while his assistant gunner, Spc. Cameron Cooper (right background) spots, and range safety officer Staff Sgt. Justin Ortiz (right foreground) supervises during range qualifications, May 23. All three Soldiers are scouts from the Dragon Team with Operations Group. The Dragon Team scouts went to the range to qualify on a variety of weapons, including the M2 .50 machine gun, the M9 pistol and the M4 rifle during a week-long training. The training also gave the scouts an opportunity to qualify with their designated weapons. Those qualifying with their designated weapon as a sharpshooter or expert were able to meet the first step in achieving recognition for Excellence in Armor.

 
Soldiers qualified on weapons at the range, competed in triathlon on Fort Irwin

Soldiers of Dragon Team with Operations Group performed weapons qualifications and competed in a condensed triathlon, here, May 16, 23 and 30.

Dragon Team is one of the teams within OPS GRP, who facilitates training for units that rotate through the National Training Center and Fort Irwin. The Dragon mission encompasses providing rotational units with world class live fire training facilities and modern, realistic systems and scenarios that enable units to train all echelons of leaders to meet unit training objectives.

Dragon Team Soldiers recently performed training of their own by shooting weapons at a qualifications range. Soldiers also got an opportunity to achieve recognition for Excellence in Armor. In an endeavor to foster competition and promote camaraderie, Dragons also competed in a triathlon event on post.

The photos on this page illustrate the challenges and successes achieved by Dragon Team Soldiers during these events in May.
 

FIRE BREATHERS: Dragon Team Soldiers from Operations Group took part in a triathlon, here May 30. Dragon Team conducted the abbreviated triathlon as a fitness challenge to foster competition amongst sections within the team, while promoting camaraderie. In the future, the Dragon Team plans to conduct similar events and hopes to be joined by their fellow Operations Group teams.

 

Master Sgt. Joseph Becker (right) debriefs Spc. Cameron Cooper (left) and Pfc. Kyle Capano (background), all from Operations Group, here, after they took a practical test on Bradley Gunnery Skills Testing during Dragon Team scout training May 16. For five days, the cavalry scouts of the Dragon Live Fire Team trained on their Bradley gunnery skills, in preparation to qualify for Excellence in Armor. In order to qualify, the Soldiers must receive a first-time “Go” on BGST, score at least a 260 on an Army Physical Fitness Test, pass common task training and achieve at least sharpshooter qualification on their personal weapon.

 

Operations Group Spc. Nathan Moskal leads Sgt. Cody Callahan in route to a first place finish in the bicycling portion of the Dragon Team Triathlon, May 30. The Dragon Team conducted the abbreviated triathlon as a fitness challenge to foster competition and promote camaraderie amongst its Soldiers. The top three individual times came from Sgt. Cody Callahan at 43 minutes and 45 seconds, Spc. Nathan Moskal at 45:05 and Spc. Patrick Welsh at 48:25. The Section B team completed the triathlon with an of average time of 51:34, barely besting the Section A team average by 12 seconds to win Dragon 07 Lt. Col. Robert Horney’s section challenge.

 

Specialist Jason Ward, with Dragon Team under Operations Group, here, fires a M240B machine gun in bipod mode during qualification, May 23. Ward and his fellow scouts with Dragon Team went to the range to qualify on a variety of weapons, including the M2 .50 machine gun, the M9 pistol and the M4 rifle during a week-long training.

 

Operations Group Soldiers battle for position at the start of the swimming portion of the Dragon Team Triathlon, May 30. Commencing with a mass start, the Soldiers competed in a 150-meter swim, six miles of biking on- and off-road, and finished with a two-mile run.

 

Operations Group Soldiers Spc. Nathan Moskal, Sgt. Cody Callahan and Spc. Patrick Welsh were the top three finishers of the Dragon Team Triathlon, May 30. Callahan, finished the competition in first place overall with a time of 43 minutes and 45 seconds Moskal and Welsh finished with times of 45:05 and Spc. 48:26, respectively, to finish in second and third place in the overall competition. The Dragon Team conducted the abbreviated triathlon as a fitness challenge to foster competition between the Soldiers and their respective sections.

 




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>