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Cadets Get Up Close at Warrior Forge

posted Jul 16, 2012, 5:25 PM by Scott Dean   [ updated Jul 20, 2012, 9:05 AM ]
South Sound Composite Squadron enjoys a Live Fire Exercise at JBLM.
C/SrA West gets familiar with the Fire Support Sensor System on the M1200 Armored Knight of the 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment.

JBLM, WA – Seventeen cadets and three senior members from the South Sound Composite Squadron were part of the crowd that were invited to view a Live Fire Exercise at JBLM on Monday.  The demonstration was a part of the Warrior Forge program hosted by JBLM each year that teaches Army ROTC cadets about some of the tactics and weaponry they will be responsible for when they graduate.


C/SrA Dean sits in the driver’s seat of an M2A3 as C/Amn Moore crouches on top.
Frank deBros, a Captain in CAP and Deputy Commander for Cadets at South Sound Squadron, is a First Lieutenant with the 3rd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment and coordinated the visit.  Prior to the exercise, cadets had an opportunity to explore his M1200 Armored Knight vehicle and learn about its Fire Support Sensor System.  Cadets also had a chance to speak with snipers from the 3-38 CAV and handle their M4 and M107 (Barrett .50 caliber rifle) weapon systems.


C/CMSgt Mullins “enjoys” the seat of an M1A1.
Observers watched from a bluff overlooking the area listening to the radio chatter while Major Jade Hinman explained the action.  The simulation involved a convoy, made up of soldiers of the 3-38 CAV, being struck by an IED.  Soldiers reacted, deploying several weapon systems.  The Platoon Leader could be heard coordinating their response and calling for a tow vehicle, ambulance, artillery and aerial support.


C/AB Gross explores the M109.
After the simulation, cadets were able to get up close and personal with an M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, M1A1 Abrams Tank, and an M109 Paladin from the Washington Army National Guard.  South Sound Commander First Lieutenant Percy Newby was able to personally thank 3-38 CAV Commander Lieutenant Colonel Mark Aitken for the opportunity.