News: 1-35th AR trains with Nett Warrior at NIE 13.2
Story by Sgt. Robert Golden
MCGREGOR RANGE, N.M. – The 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, are conducting training during April and May at McGregor Range, N.M., using the Nett Warrior system as part of Network Integration Evaluation 13.2.
NIE 13.2 is fifth in a series of semi-annual exercises that are used to conduct operational tests and evaluations of equipment in realistic mission environments designed to measure network performance at all levels.
“The Nett Warrior is designed to allow soldiers on the battlefield to have a common operating picture as well as providing leadership with situational awareness of their soldiers location on the battlefield,” said Capt. Samuel Greulich, a company commander in 1-35th AR.
The hand-held device, which resembles a smartphone, has built in GPS that automatically populates the map with icons that show the location of vehicles and other soldiers as well as helping to protect lives by allowing soldiers to know where friendly forces are or where dangerous areas have been reported.
“We won’t go in front of another squad because we know where they are, so there won’t be friendly fire,” said Spc. Samuel Judy, infantryman, 1-35th AR.
The device also gives them the ability to place markers on the digital map to alert other soldiers of danger. So if there is a suspected IED on a road, they can put that information in the Nett Warrior device so no one drives into it, said Judy, originally of Claremont, Minn.
The company used the device as part of their assault on a mock village at McGregor Range. It also aided with planning the mission by allowing them to identify the buildings on the map before entering the village.
“It gives us a better image of the battlefield, so while we are (at the command post) and the objective is six or 18 miles down the road, we can see what the village actually looks like, similar to going on Google Earth,” said Sgt. Nicholas Schriefer, infantry squad leader, 1-35th AR.
Nett Warrior enabled the company to plan and brief the mission to all of the soldiers faster than they were previously able to do and that will help units down range where a lot of things that don’t have give them very long to plan, he added.
“We did that in the last NIE where we probably had 15 to 20 minutes to plan before every mission, and the only reason it was successful was because of the Nett Warrior,” said Schriefer, a Dallas native.
The company continues to participate in NIE as it helps to ensure Soldiers on the battlefield have the best tools, technology and training available to accomplish any mission.
“Every soldier can affect the fight. The U.S. Army has the best trained and most disciplined soldiers in the world. By giving them the tools they need, we empower them to accomplish their mission,” said Brig. Gen. John W. Charlton, commander, Brigade Modernization Command.