• PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, off load M1A1 Abrams Tanks, M3A3 Bradley fighting vehicles and M113 armored personnel carriers off railcars at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 21, 2013. Soldiers from across the brigade worked together to safely move 104 vehicles in less than four hours.

    Railhead.

    PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, off load M1A1 Abrams Tanks, M3A3 Bradley fighting vehicles and M113 armored personnel carriers off railcars at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 21...

  • PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Sergeant Davies (left), paralegal, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, briefs "Warhorse" Soldiers on the Laws of War during a reception, staging, onward movement and integration brief at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 20, 2013. All Soldiers are required to receive briefs on media training, standards of Pinon Canyon, cultural awareness, laws of war, rules of engagement, improvised explosive devices and operations security before moving on to the training areas.

    Classes.

    PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Sergeant Davies (left), paralegal, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, briefs "Warhorse" Soldiers on the Laws of War during a reception, staging, onward movement and...

  • PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Spc. Chase Waiters, food service specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, off loads food storage containers from a Mobile Kitchen Trailer at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 19, 2013. Food service specialist from across the brigade worked together to feed up to 1,500 "Warhorse" Soldiers daily, as they cycled through the cantonment area.

    Mermite.

    PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Spc. Chase Waiters, food service specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, off loads food storage containers from a Mobile...

  • PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Private First Class Anthony Beeks, automated logistical specialist, Company A, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepares to relocate food rations to a storage area using a pallet jack at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 19, 2013. "Warhorse" Brigade moved approximately 3,500 Soldiers to the Pinon Canyon area to conduct a month-long field training exercise that focused on high intensity conflict training.

    Pallet.

    PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Private First Class Anthony Beeks, automated logistical specialist, Company A, 204th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, prepares to relocate food rations to a storage area...

  • PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Sergeant Danielle Dye, multichannel transmission systems operator maintainer, and Spc. Reynold Studler, cable system installer, both from Company B, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, place grounding stakes for a satellite terminal at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 19, 2013. The satellite terminal allows units to have connectivity, and to send and receive data in a field environment.

    Stakes.

    PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. " Sergeant Danielle Dye, multichannel transmission systems operator maintainer, and Spc. Reynold Studler, cable system installer, both from Company B, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry...

PINON CANYON MANUEVER SITE, Colo. -- High intensity combat training began for Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, after they moved to Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Feb. 19 - 23 in preparation for a month-long field training exercise.
As Soldiers arrived, their vehicles were staged in a marshalling area, they were assigned sleeping tents, additional vehicles were off-loaded from railcars and they received mandatory classes before moving to their assigned training site.
"As the brigade arrives at Pinon Canyon, we are replicating the procedures that we would follow as we enter a combatant theater using reception, staging, onward movement and integration training," said Master Sgt. Phillip Cornell, brigade master gunner, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd BCT.
Units will have time, resources and personnel to conduct a variety of training ranging from offensive and defensive maneuvers to stability operations during the month-long training.
"The units are in a crawling, walk stage," said Capt. Luke Bowers, deputy current operations officer, HHT. "When they leave, they should be at a brisk walk or a nearly running phase. Companies should be effective in connecting their operations and mission essential task list."
Bowers said he knows the units will have obstacles to overcome.
"Units will have to be self-sustaining and have a general understanding of the mission, the intent and be able to accomplish that within the boundaries provided," said Bowers.
Communicating orders quickly and concisely to convey the intent and not be reliant on always having the means or robust communications systems is essential, said Bowers.
For many of the junior leaders, this is the first time operating away from counter insurgency operations, which have been used to fight the war on terror for the past ten years.
"A lot of junior leaders have not done many of these tactical tasks," said Cornell. "The only time they have done them was during initial training, basic officer and noncommissioned officer courses or a professional school. This is an opportunity for leaders to actually get down on the ground, execute these tactical tasks, take away lessons learned and go back to Fort Carson with knowledge that will drive our onward training into the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. and preparation to enter the central command area of operations."

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