• Rick Gordon, a contractor for Military Professional Research Incorporated, demonstrates to Soldiers, of Company F, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, where the combat load should be positioned to decrease the amount of movement on the Soldiers arms and travel distance to the ammo while reloading the weapon, during the Advanced Close Quarters Marksmanship course at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13. The instructors for the ACQM course are civilian contractors with special operations forces backgrounds.

    Rick Gordon, a contractor for Military...

    Rick Gordon, a contractor for Military Professional Research Incorporated, demonstrates to Soldiers, of Company F, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, where the combat load should be...

  • Running drills with live ammo and having little space between each other, the combat arms Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, have to exercise muzzle control and discipline while practicing various movement drills at the Advanced Close Quarters Marksmanship course, at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13.

    Running drills with live ammo and having little...

    Running drills with live ammo and having little space between each other, the combat arms Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, have to exercise...

  • The Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, move forward, almost shoulder to shoulder, with live ammo while practicing team movement drills at an Advanced Close Quarters Marksmanship course, at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13. The ACQM course is meant to sharpen the Soldiers skills before moving north to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    The Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd...

    The Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, move forward, almost shoulder to shoulder, with live ammo while practicing team movement drills at an...

  • Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, go through combination drills were they quickly have to switch from their assault rifle to their pistol at the Advanced Close Quarters Marksmanship Range at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13.  The ACQM range is designed to hone in the skills of clearing buildings which give the Soldiers an edge over the enemy.

    Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd...

    Soldiers of Company F "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, go through combination drills were they quickly have to switch from their assault rifle to their pistol at...

  • During a live fire, react to contact drill, Soldiers of Company F, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, practice synchronized team movement and communication skills by calling out targets and non combatants at the Advance Close Quarters Marksmanship course, at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, May 13.  Because some Soldiers are in front of one another, they must practice extreme discipline while using live ammo.

    During a live fire, react to contact drill...

    During a live fire, react to contact drill, Soldiers of Company F, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, practice synchronized team movement and communication skills by calling out...

CAMP BEUHRING, Kuwait - At the core of any combat arms Soldier lays discipline, fighting instincts and the distinct ability to put lead on target.

The Advanced Close Quarters Marksmanship course lays a foundation to ingrain these attributes into their minds.

The combat arms Soldiers who comprise Company F's "Blues Platoon," 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, will spend multiple days learning advanced techniques from civilian contractors with Special Operations backgrounds.

The training encompasses multiple phases culminating with a final assault on a two story complex, said Rick Gordon, a civilian contractor working for Military Professional Research Incorporated.

"We start off with teaching these Soldiers the six basic fundamentals and continue to build their knowledge to successfully engage the enemy," Gordon said. "The Soldiers run through drills for proper use of barriers, minimum body exposure, muzzle exposure and team movement."

Soldiers who are in combat arms fields go through these fundamentals after basic training and at the unit level but honing in their skills makes it second nature.

"Going through training like this allows us to anticipate the actions of our teammates and focus on scenarios where instinctive fire and quick reactions are a key element," said 1st Lt. Austin Huckabee from San Angelo, Texas, an air assault platoon leader in the Blues Platoon.

The skills obtained here should not be taken lightly, Gordon said.

"The training the Soldiers gain over the next couple of days is very perishable knowledge," Gordon said. "If they do not continue to practice this two to three times a week, they will quickly lose the edge they gained here."

And there is no lack of enthusiasm when it comes down to training and doing their job.

"I am all about the combat arms world. Whether I have to jump out of a Black Hawk or jump into a tank, I would be all over it. It's win-win for me," said Pfc. Justin Birht, from Sumter, S.C., a tanker in Co. F, 3-227th.

Dedication and focus to the task at hand will equip these Soldiers with the discipline and fighting spirit to lead successful missions, Huckabee said.

"When we have completed this training, I have no doubt that these Soldiers will be ready for an air assault mission," Huckabee said. "It will become first nature for these Soldiers to react to enemies on contact."

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