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    China Battalion Trains to Support Spartan Mission

    China Battalion Trains to Support Spartan Mission

    Photo By Spc. Jordyn Worshek | Infantrymen assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Jordyn Worshek 

    2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs

    China Battalion Trains to Support Spartan Mission
    By Spc. Jordyn Worshek

    Fort Stewart, Ga. - The Spartan Brigade is comprised of seven battalions. Each one plays a different role in support of the mission. Every year each battalion conducts a field training exercise which trains Soldiers in their specific role within the brigade. This exercise is called a “Focus.” The 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted their focus exercise February 10 – 21.
    3-15 IN. has a unique role in the brigades over – arching mission to control the high ground and complex terrain. Complex terrain consists of forested areas, urban areas and all other areas that the Bradley Fighting Vehicle can move in.
    Since transitioning back to mechanized infantry, Soldiers train to use BFVs’ making them a fierce fighting force. The platforms multiple weapons increases the unit’s battlefield lethality, while providing the crews with an increased level of protection. Soldiers also train to move, shoot and communicate while dismounted in an attempt to gain more control over the complex terrain they may encounter while forward deployed.
    The training exercise this year for the China Battalion leads up to the Spartan Brigades’ rotation at the National Training Center in May 2019.
    “The major role for the China Battalion during China focus is to be able seize complex and key terrain,” said Lt. Col. Arthur McGrue, the battalion commander of 3-15 IN. “This is so the brigade has the ability to accomplish its mission at NTC and future deployments by clearing or seizing either the high ground or the towns of populated areas. As long as we can seize that terrain or urban environment it allows the tanks to close in and destroy the enemies’ forces.”
    While focusing on the upcoming NTC rotation, Soldiers train in various types of movements and terrain.
    “We train our Soldiers on dismounted and mounted tactical movements, platoon level attacks and platoon level defense,” said Sgt. Alex Rey, the master gunner for company A in 3-15. “We also train squads and platoons on complex movements in urban environments.”
    Every training exercise during this focus, trains the Soldiers of 3-15 IN. to perform while working along-side the other battalions in the Spartan Brigade.
    “Doing China focus helps square away the little stuff we need to work on along with the big stuff so we can focus on bigger movements with the other battalions at NTC,”said Spc. David Arcelay, a BFV maintainer assigned to 3-15 IN. “It gets the crews ready and it helps us be able to anticipate Brigade movements.”
    The focus events’ thorough training ensures the China Battalions’ readiness and performance. The infantry Soldiers in this battalion become trained to support the Spartan Brigade in NTC and future forward deployments.



    Date Taken: 02.13.2019
    Date Posted: 02.25.2019 09:03
    Story ID: 311836
    Location: FORT STEWART, GA, US 

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