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    Dagger Brigade Prepares for Upcoming Exercise

    Dagger Brigade Prepares for Upcoming Exercise

    Photo By Spc. Dustin Biven | M2 Bradley fighting vehicles are lined up in Grafenwoehr, Germany to be fitted with...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Dustin Biven 

    22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   

    GRAFENWOEHR, GERMANY – Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, lined up vehicles at Grafenwoehr, Germany, to have Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) gear installed from April 10-11, 2018, for use during Combined Resolve X.

    Combined Resolve X is a 7th Army Training Command led, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) directed exercise scheduled from April 9 thru May 12, 2018 in Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr training areas in southeastern Germany.

    The use of MILES helps simulate the effects of live fire and provides the opportunity for Soldiers to be able to accurately use a weapon in a two-sided force-on-force exercise.

    “Being able to use MILES during Combined Resolve X is a great advantage,” said Sgt. Michael Lundy, a human intelligence analysis assigned to 1-63 AR. “It brings the simulation into a more-realistic combat feel. It makes Soldiers more accountable for their actions or even inactions.”

    In addition to enhancing the conduct of training, MILES is able to provide feedback on the effectiveness of a Soldier’s own fire position, weapon skills, and use of ground cover during combat training exercises.

    During Combined Resolve, Soldiers from 2nd ABCT, after receiving their MILES gear, will participate in a live-fire exercise in Grafenwoehr Training Area.

    “Using the MILES gear increases the effectiveness of the over-all training,” said Staff Sgt. Cody Vance, a cavalry scout assigned to 2nd ABCT. “It provides direct feedback and allows us to identify areas of improvement, to ensure our success in a real combat situation.”

    The live-fire exercise will give the Soldiers an opportunity to use the training they have received to not only engage the enemy in training, but also react to the potential loss of equipment or assets.

    “Training with this kind of equipment brings simulation training to the next level,” said Lundy. “It helps Soldiers understand what it's like when specific equipment is taken out of the fight due to damage, and tests their ability to effectively react to those changes. It's training like this that helps develop future leaders in the Army, helps them take the training more serious, and give that extra moment of consideration before making a decision.”

    Combined Resolve leverages the power to connect multiple locations and units to create a more-realistic training environment in Europe.

    The U.S. units participating in this exercise include the 2nd ABCT and 1st Air Cavalry Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas.

    The 2nd ABCT and 1st ACB are designated as part of the Regionally Aligned Forces for U.S. European Command.



    Date Taken: 04.11.2018
    Date Posted: 04.11.2018 12:33
    Story ID: 272615
    Location: GRAFENWOEHR, DE 
    Hometown: FORT RILEY, KS, US
    Hometown: MANHATTAN, KS, US
    Hometown: WITCHITA, KS, US

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