• Soldiers of A Co., 1/30 Inf., rush forward from their canceled position. The soldiers bobbed and weaved through the trees as they advanced through the woods towards their objective, a small wooden house.  The maneuver was part of a Bradley Table 12 exercise being conducted at Fort Stewart, April 20.
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    1/30 Inf. Training

    Soldiers of A Co., 1/30 Inf., rush forward from their canceled position. The soldiers bobbed and weaved through the trees as they advanced through the woods towards their objective, a small wooden house. The maneuver was part of a Bradley Table 12...

  • Specialist Jason Barnes, Pvt. Darwin Bacasen and Pvt. Paul Heard (from left to right), all from A Co., 1/30 Inf., run to a waiting humvee to evacuate their squad leader, a simulated battlefield casualty during a Bradley Table 12 exercise. The squad leader sustained injury from enemy fire during the exercise and required rapid evacuation."

    Medevac Training

    Specialist Jason Barnes, Pvt. Darwin Bacasen and Pvt. Paul Heard (from left to right), all from A Co., 1/30 Inf., run to a waiting humvee to evacuate their squad leader, a simulated battlefield casualty during a Bradley Table 12 exercise. The squad...

  • Specialist Paul Smith and his fellow Soldiers of A Co., 1/30 Inf., stand firm against high winds while trying to conduct an after-action review for their Bradley Table 12 exercise. Their tent nearly collapsed after a sudden thunder storm blew through the area, bringing to life the old Army adage "If it ain't rainin' we ain't trainin'.""

    Tent Failure Leads to Teamwork

    Specialist Paul Smith and his fellow Soldiers of A Co., 1/30 Inf., stand firm against high winds while trying to conduct an after-action review for their Bradley Table 12 exercise. Their tent nearly collapsed after a sudden thunder storm blew through...

  • Private Alexander Rosario, A Co., 1/30 Inf., takes a prone position to provide support by fire to fellow Soldiers during a Bradley Table 12 exercise. Private Rosario was part of two teams bounding through the woods to take an objective at the edge of the tree line during field exercises at Fort Stewart, April 20.

    Battle Boars Get Down and Dirty

    Private Alexander Rosario, A Co., 1/30 Inf., takes a prone position to provide support by fire to fellow Soldiers during a Bradley Table 12 exercise. Private Rosario was part of two teams bounding through the woods to take an objective at the edge of...

<b> FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> -- The crack of 25-millimeter cannon fire sliced the silence of the sunny spring afternoon as the four Bradley fighting vehicles rolled up to the first objective. Bounding forward in pairs, they sent several more rounds down range, covering infantry Soldiers running from the rear of two Bradleys toward cover in the nearby wood line.

Participating in a Bradley Table 12, a platoon-sized live fire exercise, Company A, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team surged up the field toward a small wooden house and an open field serving as the platoon's objective.

As one squad laid suppressive fire the other would run, take cover, and then send fire down range so the first squad could move forward and take more ground. Bounding forward in concert, the Bradleys and dismounted Soldiers moved forward to a small wooden house, cleared it, then moved forward to secure the final objective.

Just as the exercise seemed to be nearing completion, a squad leader was 'shot' by the enemy and had to be evacuated from the battlefield. After having his wounds plugged and being stabilized, the squad leader was loaded on a sled and rushed to a waiting hummvee.

Following the exercise, the Soldiers filed into a long rectangular tent for the after-action review. Huddled around a model of the battlefield, company commander, Capt. Nicholas Loudon, began reviewing what had happened in the exercise. As the Soldiers listened intently, a clap of thunder rattled through the tent, the wind began gusting viciously and the rain started coming down - horizontally.

Within seconds, the support stakes holding the tent were pulled from the ground and the top of the tent began falling. In the blink of an eye, Soldiers rushed to the side of the tent, holding it up, while others rushed out to hammer the stakes back into the ground.

Just as quickly as it had begun, the storm eventually passed. Mumbling something about raining and training, the waterlogged Soldiers took their seats as the review concluded.

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