Grafenwoehr, Germany -- Radar operators assigned to Target Acquisition Section, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment set up a display of the AN/TPQ-50, Lightweight Counter-Mortar Radar Feb 26, 2016 at Radar Site 1 in the training area.
The purpose of the display was to brief several Belgian and Luxemburg military representatives, including Col. Bruno Malvaux, Deputy Belgian Land Component Commander, on the specifications and capabilities of the radar system.
The mission of the LCMR is to track mortar and artillery rounds. The system can identify hostile fire threats, track and locate the weapon's position. It also helps Soldiers observe their own 'friendly' fire by providing accurate data on where their rounds land.
U.S. Soldiers stationed in Germany continually participate in training exercises with neighboring nation allies to share tactics, techniques and procedures. Learning about each other's equipment is part of the exchange.
Subject matter experts Staff Sgt. Joseph Hendrix, section chief and Sgt. Derek Tolliver, senior radar operator for the Target Acquisition Section conducted the presentation and fielded several questions from their guests.
"The (representatives) seemed very interested in the system we presented to them," Hendrix said. "It was great to actually speak to another member of a military and explain what I do as an expert on a radar system. They asked so many questions; we answered them all."
Hendrix's Soldiers Spc. Samantha Cabigon and Pfc. Cristian Garcia, both radar operators, were on hand to demonstrate the quick set up and operability of the system.
"It was a great opportunity not just for myself but for my crew that was here today," Hendrix said. "They got to interact with some of the (representatives) from Belgium."
Capt. Gregory Campisi, commander for HHB, FA was proud of his Soldier's professionalism and thought the brief went well.
"They are the most knowledgeable and they have the most expertise on them, it only makes sense they are the ones to explain the system operations. They know it more than anybody else," Campisi said.