• FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to increase their proficiency during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire a 81mm mortar during a field...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Spc. Ryan Lyon, a mortarman assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares the components of a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked on their proficiency of the weapon system during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Spc. Ryan Lyon, a mortarman assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares the...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare a 81mm mortar system during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked on their proficiency of the weapon system during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare a 81mm mortar system during a...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked on their proficiency of the weapon system during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked on their proficiency of the weapon system during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked on their proficiency of the weapon system during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Pfc. Joshua Lambright, a mortarman assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to increase their proficiency during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Pfc. Joshua Lambright, a mortarman assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires a 81mm...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to increase their proficiency during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire a 81mm mortar during a field...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Pfc. Joshua Lambright assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares to fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to increase their proficiency during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Pfc. Joshua Lambright assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares to fire a 81mm...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to increase their proficiency during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire a 81mm mortar during a field...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Pfc. Montana Norris and Pfc. Michael Herrera, mortarmen assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), wait by their 81mm mortar for their next fire mission during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to increase their proficiency during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Pfc. Montana Norris and Pfc. Michael Herrera, mortarmen assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a field training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 17, 2013. The mortar teams worked on their proficiency of the weapon system during the FTX. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

    Mortar's fire in the field, exercise for excellence

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to mortar platoon, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepare to fire a 81mm mortar during a...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Sept. 19, 2013) -- More than 20 Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in a mortar fire field training exercise, September 19, 2013.

Two mortar teams worked in unison with forward observers to shoot more than 100 mortar rounds in order increase both groups' proficiency.

The live fire portion is the culminating event of the exercise once teams have successfully completed their gunner's exams, fire direction center certifications, and safety checks.

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