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17th Fires Bde. introduces cadets to ‘King of Battle’

17th Fires Brigade Public Affairs

Published: 04:24PM July 26th, 2012
17th Fires Bde. introduces cadets to ‘King of Battle’

Spc. Nathan Goodall

Sgt. Tyler Osborn, sections chief with A Battery, 1-377 FA, supervises gunner Spc. Nicholas J. Myers and assistant gunner Spc. Christopher M. Hay, as they put a 155 mm howitzer into position, July 16, during a live fire demonstration for Warrior Forge training for ROTC cadets at JBLM.

Artillerymen with A Battery, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade conducted a live fire demonstration to provide training support for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets during Warrior Forge July 16. Warrior Forge is a training program for Army ROTC cadets that takes them from the schoolhouse into the field, Spc. Christopher M. Hay, an assistant gunner with A Battery, said.

Cadets undergo a series of training scenarios with active duty units. It’s a chance for them to sharpen their skills and put everything they’ve learned to the test, Hay said.

A Battery was a necessary element in one of the combat scenarios during the cadets training, the battery commander, Capt. Brant Green, said.

In that scenario, cadets simulated driving in a convoy that hits roadside bombs, disabling their vehicles and forcing them to react to an overwhelming enemy ambush, Hay said.

The opposing force was made up of infantry, artillery and air support assets, played by active duty units, he said. A Battery provided field artillery support for the cadets by operating 155 mm howitzers and firing live rounds at simulated enemy forces, he said.

“(The scenario) shows the cadets how a combined arms fight would take place if deployed,” Green said. “That way they can get a broad overview of how small arms, indirect fire and aviation assets come into play.”

The exercise also demonstrated how possible it is to turn the tables on enemy combatants in a desperate situation, said Sgt. Tyler Osborn, a section chief with A Battery.

“(The cadets) get to see the awesome power of our armed forces, mainly in this case the United States field artillery,” Osborn said.

As someone who’s been through the Warrior Forge training, Cadet Jermaine Moss, now in the Cadet-to-Lieutenant Training program and currently working with A Battery, attested to the importance of seeing field artillery in action. “They don’t call artillery the ‘King of Battle’ for nothing,” he said.

Sergeant Jared S. Montgomery, also a section chief with A Battery, said the cadets weren’t the only ones who got to see the power of artillery.

Artillerymen generally never see their rounds hit, but during Warrior Forge some of Montgomery’s Soldiers went afterward to where the cadets trained earlier during the scenario.

“I got to see what we do for the battlefield and when exactly we are called in to support,” said Pfc. Jonathan I. Gary, a cannon crewmember with A Battery.

Knowing cadets and his own Soldiers gained a better understanding of the battlefield made Warrior Forge a rewarding experience, Montgomery said.

“I’m glad I got to do it and (my Soldiers) got to do it,” he said. “Warrior Forge is a fun experience. I would love to do it again.”