• FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm mortar in an attempt to set the base plate for the mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The mortarmen set the base plate to ensure a sturdy foundation when firing. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm mortar in an attempt to set the base plate for the mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The mortarmen set...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to fire a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 1st...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to fire a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees wih the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to fire a 120mm XM-395 during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to increase percision and reduce collateral damage. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees wih the 4th...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees wih the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to fire a 120mm XM-395 during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm mortar in an attempt to set the base plate for the mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm mortar in an attempt to set the base plate for the mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, adjust the legs of a 120mm mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, adjust the legs of a 120mm mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • JAM_0134 FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees wih the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm XM-395 during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to increase percision and reduce collateral damage. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    JAM_0134 FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees wih...

    JAM_0134 FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees wih the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm XM-395 during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Shaun K. Reightler, a Mortarman with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shows Maj. Thomas T. Putnam, the Fire Support Officer for the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., the proper way to launch a mortar prior to a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Shaun K...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Shaun K. Reightler, a Mortarman with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, shows Maj. Thomas T. Putnam, the Fire Support Officer for the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., the...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm mortar in an attempt to set the base plate for the mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The mortarmen set the base plate to ensure a sturdy foundation when firing. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm mortar in an attempt to set the base plate for the mortar tube during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The mortarmen set...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - U.S. Army Pfc. Joshus A. Redkey, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares to fire a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to increase precision and reduce potential collateral damage. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - U.S. Army Pfc. Joshus A...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - U.S. Army Pfc. Joshus A. Redkey, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares to fire a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition during a live fire...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to increase precision and reduce potential collateral damage. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Currahees with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Shaun K. Reightler, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, uses a fuse setter to load a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition, held by Pfc. Adrian Dragos, a mortarman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div.,  with coordinates during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to increase precision and reduce potential collateral damage. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Shaun K...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Shaun K. Reightler, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, uses a fuse setter to load a 120mm XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munition, held by Pfc...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- U.S. Army Soldiers wih the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm XM-395 during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training with this round in an effort to increase percision and reduce collateral damage. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- U.S. Army Soldiers wih...

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- U.S. Army Soldiers wih the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire a 120mm XM-395 during a live fire exercise on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Currahees are training...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Collateral damage, or unintended damage, has always been a concern during firefights or when responding with mortar or artillery fire. Soldiers rigorously train with their weapon systems to refine their skills and to ensure they hit only the target they are aiming at.

In an effort to reduce the possibility of collateral damage even further, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, Currahee, 120mm mortar teams trained with XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munitions round paired with the M150/M151 Mortar Fire Control System on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

"This round has all of the same characteristics as a high-explosive round, the only difference is you program it," said 1st Lt. Grant Fischer, the mortar platoon leader with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division.

The XM-395 PGMM is a GPS guided round that has similar qualities of a high-explosive round but can give commanders more accurate indirect fire capabilities as well as reduce the number of rounds required to successfully defeat targets.

"With a regular 120mm high-explosive round you can set the fuse how you want it," said Fischer. "The main difference with this round is you have to attach a fuse setter to it, that is what gives it the GPS coordinates it will need to fly and hit that target."

Fuses on most rounds have to be manually set. On the XM-395 PGMM, a handheld electronic fuse setter loads the mortar with GPS coordinates to the target, as well as programs how the round detonates.

"A few of the different settings are impact, where the round will blow up on the ground; you have [proximity], where the round will detonate above surface of the ground; and then you have delayed, where the round will go into the ground or your target and then detonate," said Fischer.

Aside from choosing the type of detonation and loading coordinates, utilizing the MFCS enables Soldiers to fire more quickly and efficiently.

"When you are getting the gun up, you aren't using a sight and two poles, you use a screen that shows you how many times to turn the traverse and the elevation," said Pfc. Adrian Dragos, a mortarman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "Using this system will make our job a lot easier."

"It's going to mitigate the collateral damage," said Sgt. Jimmy T. Sinclair, the fire support non-commissioned officer for Company D., 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div. "With standard operating procedures in place and continual training with this weapon system, there is a potential to minimize the amount of rounds fired and decrease damage to buildings and civilians."

The ease of use and efficiency of new weapon systems like the MFCS and XM-395 PGMM, provides the Currahee's a valuable tool to utilize for their next rendezvous with destiny.

The Currahees are scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in late spring of 2013.

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