Infantry Drills


Patrols Deter Indirect Fire

The streets were quiet in central Baghdad, just east of the Tigris River. No rockets or mortars were fired into the International Zone or any other forward operating bases around the area, Oct. 18.

That’s because the Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, joined up with Iraqi Army Soldiers to disrupt the enemy’s ability to conduct indirect fire.

“We do these patrols for force protection for FOB Shield and it keeps [insurgents] from launching into the IZ,” said Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Walker, a cavalry scout platoon sergeant from Grand Rapids, Mich., assigned to Co. C. “Most launches are at night and it gives us the opportunity to use night vision goggles and the enemy doesn’t even know we’re coming until we’re up on them.” (continue reading…)

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Infantry Foot Patrols

Soldiers of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment at Forward Operating Base Baylough have one mission, disrupt the enemy.

Austere FOB Baylough lies 7,500 feet above sea level in a valley below the Hindu Kush mountains. Because of rocky terrain, most patrols to the remote, local villages in the Deh Chopan district, Zabul province, are dismounted, or foot patrols.

Although they conduct offensive operations based on specific intelligence reports, the Soldiers accomplish most of their counterinsurgency through daily, key leader engagement patrols. The Soldiers rotate, so each squad patrols every three days. (continue reading…)

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Soldiers Learn Combat Logistics Patrols

Standing about 10 feet off to the side of the road, hidden beneath the cover of a thick, overgrown tree line, Sgt. Desmond Steele waits as a small convoy approaches him.

He lets the first truck pass by and focuses his attention on the second one. As it slowly approaches his position, he waits, patiently, until it is almost directly beside him before setting off a simulated, roadside bomb – turning what was a routine mission into a possible life or death situation.

This scenario is part of a lane training exercise, which focuses on combat logistics patrols, that Soldiers of the 15th Brigade Support Battalion “Gamblers,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division have recently been taking part in. (continue reading…)

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