News: 'Can Do' soldiers conduct MILES joust
Story by 1st Lt. Mikel Weich
FORT STEWART, Ga. - As the summer heat continues in southeast Georgia, soldiers from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, headed out to a training site to conduct fire team assault training with the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, or MILES, from June 9-13 on Fort Stewart.
The MILES uses blank rounds and laser transmitters attached to weapons and personnel to create a laser-tag system, which allows soldiers to engage each other in a simulated and safe combat training environment.
During the joust, two opposing fire teams from the “Can Do” Battalion attempted to out maneuver each other while engaging in a fire fight and wearing their MILES equipment.
The MILES joust training provided familiarization and confidence in soldiers’ ability to calibrate the MILES equipment as they engaged the enemy during the training. The training also forced soldiers to use proper individual movement techniques as they received real time feedback on whether they had been hit or not by the enemy.
“The MILES gear gave an audible noise when anyone was hit with a laser; it helped me realize just how important cover and concealment really is,” said Pfc. Zachary Wolowicz, an infantryman and fire team member with Co. B. “We conducted drills in which the team leader went down; when they went down it created a leadership void that someone had to fill [and] people had to step up into new leadership roles.
It was great training and really helped fire teams become more familiar with each other,” added the Kenton, Ohio native, “I think this is really going to prepare us for future training exercises.”
Prior to the training event Company B conducted team level training including fire team live-fire exercises. The live-fire training and the MILES joust also help improve the battalion’s combat readiness for future team, squad and platoon training operations.
“We trained day and night,” said 1st Lt. Darren Johnson, acting commander of Company B, and a native of Tucson, Arizona.
“Overall it was a great training exercise and will aid us in preparing for our Joint Readiness Training Center rotation next year.”