11, 2003, 20:39 EST
conducts best AT ever
Public Affairs Officer
gun crew from B Battery, 2-111 Field Artillery works together
to load a round during a live fire exercise during their annual
training. Photo by Maj. Cotton Puryear. For more photos, click
BLACKSTONE, Va. -
The soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 111th Field Artillery wrapped up their
annual training with a live fire exercise this week and battalion commander
Lt. Col. Damon Igou called the AT period “the best we have ever
Igou said that the main task for the unit was to occupy a firing position
and prepare to execute a fire mission. In past AT periods, it has taken
the firing batteries the full two weeks of training to meet the time
standard, but in this year’s AT, the units meet the standard on
the very first occupation.
“We kind of looked around and said ‘What do we do now?’”
said Igou jokingly.
All three firing batteries were able to meet the daytime standard of
setting up under 13 minutes and 20 minutes at night. In fact, C Battery
from Emporia conducted their night occupation in a blazing 8 minutes
and 20 seconds, Igou said.
Since the units were able to meet the occupation standard so soon in
the training period, Igou said they were able to work on some tasks
they had not been able to concentrate on in the past. The crews were
able to fire in MOPP-4 and gain confidence in their ability to operate
in an NBC environment and work on their perimeter security and rapid
Igou attributes the unit’s success to intensive training in the
months before AT. They were able to repeatedly work on the occupation
of a firing point during live fire exercises in March, April and May.
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