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Company Commanders Share CALFEX Lessons Learned

In September 2016, the companies and troops of 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 25th Infantry Division conducted combined arms live-fire exercises (CALFEXs), a culminating training event that set the foundation for battalion live-fire exercises (LFXs) that the brigade would execute during its upcoming rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, LA. Following the exercises, several of the commanders captured their key lessons learned and shared their experiences with the other commanders in the brigade.

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OPFOR vs RTU Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at JMRC

The rapid expansion of commercially available small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) enables many countries to easily collect information in support of offensive and defensive operations. This article focuses on the SUAS threat posed to rotational training units (RTUs), briefly compares the relative combat power of the Warrior Battalion to RTUs, discusses the factors causing a lack of SUAS utilization by RTUs, describes best practices and preferred employment techniques from the perspective of 1-4 IN, and offers recommendations for future RTUs to effectively employ SUAS as part of the combined arms effort.

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Continuous Refinement of the Plan: A View of the MDMP from the OPFOR at JMRC

Force-on-force training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, provides excellent opportunities for brigades to assess and improve their systems. One of the key processes that will make or break the rotational training unit (RTU) is the military decision-making process (MDMP). Executing the seven-step process is demanding for RTUs, particularly when they are simultaneously tackling other challenges. One of the most painful events of MDMP is found in an often overlooked sentence in Field Manual (FM) 6-0, Commander and Staff Organization Operations: “Commanders and staffs generally perform these steps sequentially; however, they may revisit several steps in an iterative fashion as they learn more about the situation.”

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Infantry in Action

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U.S. Army Rangers prepare for extraction from their objective during training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., on 30 January 2014. (Photo by SPC Steven Hitchcock)

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Paratroopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct an airfield seizure on 21 June 2013. (Photo by SGT Juan F. Jimenez)

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Paratroopers of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment conduct live-fire training on Fort Bragg, N.C., 9 September 2013. (Photo by SSG Jason Hull)

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Soldiers with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take to the road during a joint platoon exercise at the Yakima Training Center, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (Photo by SGT Austan Owen)