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.