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.


 
 

 
Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC

New era of NTC leadership begins

Photo by Casey Slusser, TASC Brigadier Gen. Joseph Martin (left) receives the National Training Center colors from Lt. Gen. Patrick Donahue II, deputy commanding general of United States Army Forces Command, during a change of ...
 
 

Honoring Holocaust victims

The nation observes Days of Remembrance to remember the Holocaust and honor the victims and survivors of that genocide. This year, the week-long commemoration is from April 12 through April 19. The theme is “Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act” and was designated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. An observance...
 
 

You have to start with a dream

Gustavo Bahena Colonel Cathy Walter, deputy commander of Nursing Services with United States Army Medical Department Activity here, speaks at the 2015 Fort Irwin Women’s History Month celebration, March 11. Fort Irwin celebrated Women’s History Month with a ceremony at a packed venue here, March 11. Sandy Basin Community Center was standing room only for...
 

 
G.A. Volb

Army Surgeon General lauds realism in training

G.A. Volb Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho (left), Army surgeon general and commander of United States Army Medical Command, looks on as Soldiers from the 15th Brigade Support Battalion out of Fort Hood, Texas, provide treatment to the...
 
 
Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office

Dedicated to helping victims

Photo by Gustavo Bahena, Public Affairs Office Staff of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin Advocacy Center includes professionals from Social Work Services, Family Advocacy Program and the Sexual Harassment/Assault Res...
 
 
Gustavo Bahena

‘Making a Difference’

Gustavo Bahena Guy Shields, communications and public affairs officer for Army Emergency Relief headquarters in Virginia, spoke at the AER fundraising campaign kick-off here, March 9. He emphasized that leaders can make a diffe...
 




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