This week at Fort Hood, the 1st Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, has been conducting troop-level combined arms live-fire training with Stryker vehicles, which includes artillery fire.

The training is meant to test the squadron on how well the soldiers have learned to fulfill key objectives according to standards.

Each troop spent hours on the training field, according to Command Sgt. Maj. Kim Mendez. Starting with what can be considered a rehearsal, the course was run in the morning without using live ammunition. After that was completed, the troop gathered at the staging area and ran the live-fire lane.

Once that mission was completed, the troop reassembled for a rehearsal of a night mission. Then, the live-fire mission took place, using night-vision goggles and other necessary equipment.

“Strykers are the best vehicle in the Army,” Mendez said. The eight-wheel vehicles are lighter than Bradleys or tanks, and can move as fast as 70 mph on flat ground.

“They’re quieter than Bradleys,” Mendez added, meaning they can reach an objective quickly and off-load their personnel before an enemy can react.

The next step for the squadron will be training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, in February.

Read more about the training in the Nov. 29 Fort Hood Herald.

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