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    ‘Devils’ on the prowl, 1st ABCT back in the field to reach new level of readiness

    ‘Devils’ on the prowl, 1st ABCT back in the field to reach new level of readiness

    Photo By Sgt. Michael Roach | Capt. Bradden Van Noy, a native of Burleson, Texas, with the 1st Armored Brigade...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Michael Roach 

    19th Public Affairs Detachment

    “Devil” brigade Soldiers are back in the field for a combined-arms, live-fire exercise that will test their skills and build readiness before stepping off to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, later this year.

    Devil Prowl, the culmination of several months of training that ranged from individual to platoon level, then finally to company gunnery skills for 1stArmored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

    “Here on Fort Riley we have a unique opportunity — (we’re) able to maneuver our forces, engage forces (in a way) that a lot of other installations don’t get,” said Capt. Bradden Van Noy with the engineer cell at 1st ABCT and a battle captain during Devil Prowl.

    Battle captains coordinate the flow of information as well as the efforts of maneuver elements to reach the overall unit’s objective from the tactical operations center, which is commonly referred to as a TOC.
    Their contributions help the commander make the most informed decisions possible.

    “This is actually my first exercise with the Devil brigade,” Van Noy, a Burelson, Texas, native, said. “I showed up, went out to the field trying to learn the current environment (and) exercise some systems.”

    Coordinating maneuver elements through mission command systems and refining the unit’s standard operating procedures as well as putting those SOPs through their paces is a priority, he said.

    “The importance is with readiness,” said Sgt. Christopher Cosby, Battery A, 1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st ABCT. “Our unit’s goal is with readiness. If our Soldiers are trained and prepared for the hardest situations, then we are ready. This training gets us and the units we’re supporting all ready for the big fight, whatever that fight may be.”

    Cosby, a native of from Sherman, Texas, and his Soldiers were providing fire support training in support of infantry units and other maneuver elements during the exercise.

    Fire support operations required them to stage in a concealed area and set up a communications relay while manning their equipment and staying vigilant for fire missions.

    “As the infantry goes through their lanes, we’re going to be giving supporting fires in support of their training,” Cosby said. “At the same time we’re going to be getting our gun crews through our own processes and our training to try and get us not just to standard but to above the standard so that we can better perform and better exceed in the future. “

    With heavy rains starting to create a muddied and cold training environment, Cosby looked on the bright side and welcomed the challenge as an opportunity to build readiness in him and his Soldiers.

    “We’ve got the right equipment the right gear and the right mindset for our Soldiers,” Cosby said. “We train in this because it’s difficult, we train in this because it’s hard and we know that if we can get through this we can get through anything.”



    Date Taken: 05.04.2018
    Date Posted: 05.09.2018 14:31
    Story ID: 276350
    Location: FORT RILEY, KS, US 
    Hometown: BURLESON, TX, US
    Hometown: SHERMAN, TX, US

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