1-10 CAV 'Bison' gets back to basics
January 31, 2013
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Camouflaged by the natural woodland landscape, the turret of an M3A3 Bradley fighting vehicle rotates to scan its sector as Soldiers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, patiently wait to engage the enemy during scout training near Fort Carson's Camp Red Devil, Jan. 25, 2013.
"Bison" Soldiers are getting back to the basics of decisive action training after conducting counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"These guys have spent the last 10 years or so fighting the war on terror," said Staff Sgt. Justin Bottomley, cavalry scout, Troop A. "What our squadron, brigade and elements above us have started to say is that we need to get back into the doctrinal fight of high intensity conflict."
During the training, the sections worked in small knit groups and focused on working as a team.
"We get to do our 10, 20 and 30 level task and learn our jobs," said Bottomley. "Normally we don't get a chance to work purely at the section level, and the last couple of days it has just been me and my wingman and that builds up teamwork."
To conduct the training properly, the soldiers camouflaged and positioned their vehicle in a defensive posture to prevent the enemy from moving north.
"Using a Bradley as a recon vehicle is that it is very tall, very loud and gives off a lot of signatures," said Bottomley. "One thing we do is use the terrain to our advantage. We get our weapon system above the high ground to be able to engage the target and hopefully see the enemy before they see us."
New Soldiers assigned to the squadron are learning their vehicles and the capabilities.
"It's a big learning experience," said Private First Class Robert Baker, cavalry scout, Troop A. "For the most part I don't know much about the system, so I have my team leaders and section sergeant to help me out and guide me in the right direction."
"As a driver, I am learning the ins and outs of what the vehicle can do," said Baker. "Knowing the vehicle and the maintenance required is a big part of the training."
New Soldiers are not the only one learning new things during the training.
"Everyone is learning troop leading procedures," said 1st Lt. Samuel Thode, executive officer, Troop B, 1st Sqdr. 10th Cav. Reg. "Platoon leaders are going through and working with their NCOs to figure out how to put together a mission, execute a mission, finish it and see here's what we did, what we thought was going to work, why it didn't work and here is how we can fix it."
Soldiers are conducting the training in preparation of training events that lead up to deployment.
"The end state of the training is the Soldiers are competent at putting together a mission, executing it and ready to do the same down the line in Pinon Canyon and later Fort Irwin's National Training Center.