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A Light Infantry Company at NTC

Our experience at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, CA, was the most challenging we had as a company commander and platoon leader. Altogether, we walked more than 80 kilometers in rugged, mountainous terrain and served as the main effort on seven missions. While the usual experience at NTC is as an armored force, our time in a light infantry company was one of the most transformative of our careers, and it is our hope that we can aid other light infantry leaders as they prepare to fight and win either at NTC or in combat.

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TLP Time Management at NTC

Maneuver company commanders always ask the same question before arriving at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, CA: “What do I need to do to be successful during my rotation?” The observer-coach-trainers (OCTs) consistently give the same answers. Yet, the maneuver commanders who ask this question still come to an NTC rotation and make all the same mistakes mentioned five months earlier. In an effort to remedy this problem and to help commanders be more lethal against a near-peer adversary, this article will identify some common mistakes made by company commanders at NTC and how to fix them.

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What Should the Brigade Be Doing Right Now? Deconstructing the ‘Brigade Fight’

At the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany, we often observe very good companies and platoons, but we do not necessarily observe brigade and battalion staffs properly influencing the enemy prior to contact or fully enabling companies to exercise their missions and achieve their purpose. In particular, the “brigade fight” is often misunderstood, not planned or executed, and the enemy maneuvers unimpeded to first contact with companies. The intent of this article is to define the brigade fight, provide a framework for simplifying its complexity, and share some best practices.

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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)

Infantry in Action

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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)

Infantry in Action

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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)

Infantry in Action

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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)