Artillerymen fire for Warrior Forge

17th Field Artillery Brigade
Story by Spc. Nathan Goodall

Date: 07.16.2012
Posted: 07.18.2012 17:14
News ID: 91766
Artillerymen fire for Warrior Forge

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Artillerymen with A Battery, 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade conducted a live fire demonstration to provide training support for cadets during Warrior Forge here July 16.<br /> <br /> Warrior Forge is a training program for Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets that takes them out of the schoolhouse and places them in the field, said Spc. Christopher M. Hay, a Lena, Ill., native, an assistant gunner with A Battery. <br /> <br /> During that time they undergo a series of scenarios with active duty units. It’s a chance for cadets to sharpen their skills and put everything they’ve learned to the test, he said.<br /> <br /> A Battery was a necessary element in a specific combat scenario during the cadets training, said battery Commander Capt. Brant Green, a Gilbert, S.C., native.<br /> <br /> In that scenario, cadets simulated driving in a convoy that hits roadside bombs, disabling their vehicles and allowing overwhelming enemy forces to ambush them, Hay said.<br /> <br /> At the cadets’ disposal to combat the opposing force were infantry, artillery and air support assets, played by real active duty units, he said.<br /> <br /> A Battery provided field artillery support for the cadets by operating 155 mm howitzers and firing live rounds at the simulated enemies, he said.<br /> <br /> “[The scenario] shows the cadets how a combined arms fight would take place if deployed,” Green said. “That way they can get a broad overview of how small arms, indirect fire and aviation assets come into play.”<br /> <br /> The exercise also demonstrated how possible it is to turn the tables on enemy combatants in a desperate situation, said Sgt. Tyler Osborn, a Spokane, Wash., native, now a sections chief with A Battery.<br /> <br /> “[The cadets] get to see the awesome power of our armed forces, mainly in this case the United States field artillery,” Osborn said.<br /> <br /> As someone who’s been through the Warrior Forge training, Cadet Jermaine Moss, a Chicago native, now in the Cadet To Lieutenant Training program and currently working with A Battery, attested to the importance of seeing field artillery in action.<br /> <br /> “They don’t call artillery the king of battle for nothing,” he said.<br /> <br /> Sgt. Jared S. Montgomery, a Lansing, Mich., native, now a sections chief with A Battery, said the cadets weren’t the only ones who got to see the power of artillery.<br /> <br /> Generally artillerymen never get to see where their rounds hit, but during Warrior Forge some of Montgomery’s Soldiers went to where the cadets trained during an iteration of the scenario.<br /> <br /> “I got to see what we do for the battlefield and when exactly we are called in to support,” said Pfc. Jonathan I. Gary, a New Albany, Ind., native, now a cannon crew member with A Battery.<br /> <br /> Knowing cadets and his own soldiers gained a better understanding of the battlefield made Warrior Forge a rewarding experience, Montgomery said.<br /> <br /> “I’m glad I got to do it and [my soldiers] got to do it,” he said. “Warrior Forge is a fun experience. I would love to do it again.”