Convoy live fires benefit the soldiers on one aspect of convoy training, but with additional support forces, gives a more realistic training effect.

To ensure effective and realistic training, collective efforts of soldiers from all companies in the 15th “Gambler” Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and members of the division’s 4th and 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, conducted convoy live-fire exercises Jan. 30 to Feb. 6.

Convoy lanes introduced 45 Gambler soldiers to basic lane scenarios such as ambushes, react to contact, react to improvised explosive devices, evacuating a casualty, calling in a nine-line medical evacuation and call for fire, said Capt. Paul Schmidt, commander of the battalion’s Alpha Company.

“These are basic and efficient lanes being conducted,” Schmidt said. “They need to learn to work as a team, we are certifying them as gun truck crews.”

Lane training went smoothly with few interruptions, said Spc. Chad Richardson, a gunner with the Gamblers. All soldiers and support staff did a great job, everyone worked well together.

Crew confidence is built around successful training as teams familiarize their tactics, but most importantly utilizing the assets afforded them, Schmidt said.

“Our assets and support have been extremely helpful. They have gone leaps and bounds to bring realism into the training,” Schmidt said.

From an operational standpoint, logistical convoy support is vital for operational success and that includes air support, said Maj. Isaac Bates, the Gambler operations officer.

“Close related mission ground support with integrated air support allows logistical convoys to move efficiently through battle space,” Bates said.

That is why the live-fire exercises are so important, he said. The assets provide that “train as you fight” concept.

Training also provided the medics training they needed, Schmidt said. “As they play an integral part in our convoy operations while deployed, it’s good for them to integrate and partake in the training now.”

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