News: Developing 25th CAB leaders
Story by Capt. Richard Barker
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Company and battalion commanders of the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted a road march and stress shoot as part of a leader training event hosted by Brigade Commander Col. Kenneth Hawley on Schofield Barracks, Aug. 2.
The road march and stress shoot consisted of an early morning road march from Wheeler Army Airfield to ranges on Schofield Barracks, followed by advanced preliminary marksman instruction and live fire with the M4 riffle and M9 pistol.
“This leader training event was designed to show company commanders an example of the type and quality of training they are expected to provide their soldiers,” said Hawley. “The event started with the planning phase six weeks ago.”
The leader event showed commanders the scope of planning and execution of training to include scheduling the PMI, selecting coaches, analyzing safety concerns and executing the training.
“The event helped me realize the resources that are available for company-level training, such as advanced level ranges and air support,” said Capt. Brandon Nixon, commander, Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th CAB. “This broadened my scope for what I am able to do at my level.”
The advanced marksmanship training was conducted by instructors from the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy.
“It’s about building confidence and helping leaders improve their ability to make decisions,” said Sgt. 1st Class Morse Dawson, a Tactical Weapons Course instructor with the Lightning Academy, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division.
During the advanced marksmanship training, commanders learned to fire from positions behind barricades and during target approach and to continue target engagement while changing magazines and weapons systems.
Hawley stated a similar event is now being planned for 25th CAB company first sergeants following the success of the company commander road march and stress shoot.