IRONHORSE Dragons train for lethality

382nd Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Lisa Vines

Date: 01.31.2019
Posted: 01.29.2019 08:19
News ID: 308580
IRONHORSE King of battle: 1-82 FA at Combined Resolve XI

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division have to endure some very long work hours during Combined Resolve XI, phase II, near the Camp Aachen training area in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Jan. 15-25, 2019.

Combined Resolve XI phase II places Soldiers from 1-1 CD in simulated combat scenarios where they notionally conduct engagements against near-peer enemies. Soldiers across the brigade worked nonstop to ensure they are ready to face any potential adversary.

"If I'm not in the TOC [tactical operations center] or on guard duty, I'll be asleep or working on Humvees and tracked vehicles," said U.S. Army Pfc. Cord Peterson, a fire control specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1-82 FA.

In the TOC, personnel maintain constant contact with the M109 Paladin crews and battalion batteries on the firing line. The fire control center is the link between the Soldiers on the ground and the TOC.

"We choose the missions, we choose the ammo and where to shoot," said Peterson. "We decide when to shoot it and how to shoot it."

Maintaining communications with the teams on the firing lines is key to a successful mission. In addition to properly engaging a steady link to Soldiers on the firing lines, it is also mission critical to come to the field prepared.

Soldiers found ways to stay warm with temperatures dropping below 12 degrees Fahrenheit. The 1-82 FA issued modular sleep systems so Soldiers could sleep and recharge for the following day.

"The field is whatever you make it out to be," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Pearsall, a cannon crew member section chief assigned to Bravo Battery, 1-82 FA. "If you come well prepared, you will have an okay time. It's not the best time because we're away from our families but if you bring a sleeping bag that the Army issued you, at least you won't be cold at night."

The Atlantic Resolve rotation provided Soldiers the opportunity to grow and learn. From life lessons to tips on what to pack for the field, no one is going home empty-handed.

"I've learned about talking on the radio, doing charts and maps," said Peterson. "This has shown me how much I've learned throughout the rotation, but there are a lot of things we still need to learn."

Combined Resolve XI phase II is the big finale of field problems for the Ironhorse Brigade. Soldiers are excited to make plans for when they finally get home.

"I believe it's great training for our guys," said Pearsall. "This is our last field problem, and our guys are excited to finish it."

More than 5,500 service members from around the world participated in Combined Resolve XI at U.S. Army Europe's Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas. The training exercise gives units deployed in support of Atlantic Resolve the opportunity to participate in a combat training environment alongside multinational partners before returning home.