FORT HOOD — Troopers with Fort Hood’s 3rd Cavalry Regiment trained with live rounds this week as the unit known as the “Brave Rifles” prepare for an upcoming rotation to the National Training Center in California.

The regiment conducted a combined-arms live-fire exercise on post Thursday that continued into Friday. The exercise displayed the capabilities of several ground assets as well as the ability to synchronize and communicate across multiple units, officials said.

“Our ability to integrate those different units allows us to one, evaluate the troop commander’s ability to integrate enablers, and two, it allows us to work as a better team like we would in combat,” said Lt. Col. Greg Escobar, commander of the regiment’s Saber Squadron.

The regiment has a lot of combat power to bear, utilizing mounted and dismounted elements such as Stryker combat vehicles, mortars and combat engineers. The training is designed to build up troopers confidence, knowledge and proficiency at every level — so they become ready, lethal, and capable, officials said.

Read the Aug. 28 edition of the Fort Hood Herald for more on 3rd Cavalry’s training.

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