Showing posts with label mortars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mortars. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

203rd Corps Trains on 60mm Mortar

Photo by SPC Erik Warren, 3d Cav Regt
The ISAF forces are quickly drawing down troop levels in Afghanistan. If the Bilateral Security Agreement is signed the Resolute Support mission will start in January 2015 with about 9,800 U.S. troops and a few thousand troops of other nationalities (mostly European). The number of personnel who will be advisors and trainers will be limited; probably between 1,200 to 1,500 - depending on how you count them. In the last few remaining months of 2014 the advisors and trainers still in Afghanistan are making every effort to maximum the training time available to them - this while the 2014 fighting season is still underway. Members of the 3rd Cav Regiment posted at FOB Lightning are getting ready to depart Gardez - they will be gone by December 2014 and the small FOB turned over to the ANA. But while they are conducting their retrograde they are still conducting some training. The mortarmen of the 3rd Cav Regiment are conducting "train the trainer" courses for the ANA. These T3 courses will help the ANA train their own troops once the Coalition departs. One of these courses is a hands-on class on the M224 60mm mortar. Read more on this T3 mortar class in "ANA one step closer to self-reliance", DVIDS, September 9, 2014.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mortar Training for ANA by SFAATs

Photo by SGT Eric Provost
Members of 4th Brigade, 201st ANA Corps at FOB Gamberi in Laghman province have recently completed a month-long mortar training course provided by instructors from 2nd Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Task Force Patriot. The training on the M224 60-mm Mortar finished after a live fire exercise where the ANA mortarmen demonstrated their proficiency with the mortar. Elements of the training included safety, employment, gun drills, laying onto the target, misfire procedures, and other skills. Read more about the training in "Afghan mortarmen test their mettle", DVIDS, January 13, 2014.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Advisors Teach ANSF on 60-mm Mortar

Advisers from the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Combat Outpost Khilaguy in Afghanistan are teaching Afghan National Army members on firing the 60-mm mortar system.  The training includes classroom instruction and hands-on training exercises. Read more on the M224 60-mm mortar training in "Enabling the Afghan National Army", DVIDS, January 10, 2014.