First Lt. Jared Melendez, right, an armor officer and platoon leader assigned to Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, briefs his soldiers before a Scout Stakes training mission Feb. 20.

U.S. Army/Sgt. John Couffer

Soldiers assigned to the 1st “GarryOwen” Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division began Scout Stakes training Feb. 20.

This Scout Stakes event covers several key cavalry tasks including troop-leading procedures, infiltration, a screening mission and integrating indirect fire support.

“Scout Stakes is an opportunity for the scouts to get out and train,” said Capt. Michael Kaness, an operations officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop of GarryOwen.

Kaness said that in the past, cavalry scouts have been used in the counterinsurgency fight and this training allows them to come back to the basics of being a cavalry scout.

“This is an opportunity for us to get back in the woods and do the job we’re supposed to be doing,” Kaness said.

Sgt. Chase Cullen, a 10-year cavalry scout assigned to Bravo Troop, also agreed with how the cavalry scouts get trained in the basics of the high-intensity combat fight as opposed to counterinsurgency operations.

“It’s a good opportunity for the soldiers to get back to the very square-one basic of communication; deploying, reporting, observing and providing eyes and ears on the battlefield,” Cullen said.

His mission for Scout Stakes was to relay information from the unit in the field to GarryOwen’s higher headquarters, he said.

“I enjoy my job,” Cullen said. “I enjoy being a key component in relaying information and commands; everything either comes through me or from me.”

Kaness said the exercise will end Friday and involves the subordinate units of GarryOwen.

Cullen said this training is good for the soldiers, especially since most of the soldiers being observed are new to the unit. This event will help them communicate better and work as a team.

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