Soldiers master the fundamentals during live fire buddy exercise
By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /
Junior enlisted Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment trained in a live fire buddy exercise Aug. 18 at Malone Range.
Capt. Charles Smith, C Company commander, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, said for the exercise that Soldiers would train with the M4 rifle.
In the training scenario, two Soldiers moved across a field together until a simulated grenade was thrown to initiate contact. They then transitioned into maneuver movements by running and crawling up the range while firing at enemy pop up targets.
According to Smith, the objective was to advance approximately 70 meters from the starting point. Several barriers were placed across the field to simulate cover from live fire as Soldiers moved up the terrain.
“Soldiers will use verbal communication with each other to signify that they are planning to move up the field,” said Smith. “When they do this, they need to know that their buddy is actively covering them so that they may progress farther toward the objective point.”
“The process overall teaches teamwork,” said 1st Sgt. John Goforth, C Company. “Somebody has to lay down live fire while someone maneuvers.”
“It also gives them confidence about using their weapons systems in the heat of live fire,” he added.
“You can sit on static ranges all day where you shoot at targets popping up, but if you practice moving and firing at the same time, then you get more experience for the type of procedures we do in the Army,” said Smith.
Smith said that this training is in accordance with the Maneuver Center of Excellence Line of Effort two, Mater the Fudamentals and Develop Leaders.
“For example, one post may have a different standard or procedure than another post,” said Smith. “When Soldiers arrive here though, they will get the most basic and doctrinal form of training according to Army regulation.”
Trainees will continue their training with mortar practice following the completion of the live fire buddy exercise, according to Smith.