By Spc. Ryan TatumAugust 17, 2017
Passing through the gates of the Automated Multipurpose Training Range Complex, Aug. 10, at Fort Stewart, Ga. there was nothing but silence and stillness coming out of the clearance of trees. Suddenly, vibrations alerted a Bradley Fighting Vehicle meters away engaged in Gunnery Table X.
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team conducted Gunnery Table X as part of their journey to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California in September.
This training event is a platoon-level certification that involves Bradley teams and infantrymen to work together and assault the objective.
During the exercise, Bradleys were lined in respective lanes with Soldiers in the back of their carriers, waiting eagerly for the green light to assault the objective.
"We are doing Gunnery Table X to get us validated for Gunnery Table XII live-fire," said Capt. Ryan Herr, commander for Company C, 3-69. "It's a lot of different training events wrapped up in one gunnery table."
Gunnery Table XII is a platoon level live-fire exercise that consist of both a Bradley team assault and mortarman providing indirect-fire on an objective.
As the mission began, the hatches in back of the Bradleys rose up and the Soldiers prepared for the rough and rugged terrain. Soldiers then engaged the threats before moving out tactically in bounding teams.
Sgt. Tanner Moore, a team leader and most recent addition to the company, said his team is enthusiastic and has shown great team work since he arrived.
"The Soldiers and the leadership are very knowledgeable," Moore said. "Everyone here wants to help each other to succeed. We have bonded with each other out there on the training field."
After arriving to a checkpoint, the Soldiers then moved out to setup security and conduct Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear operations before assaulting a bunker. After the bunker was cleared, they then conducted checks and moved back to the vehicles.
Moore said the training was fun and enjoyable and he could not ask for a better group.
The Unit took a short rest before moving into the next phase of Gunnery Table X, which was night dry-fire, Moore said.
As the sun went down, the daytime portion of dry-fire was complete. Soldiers were eager and ready for the nighttime dry-fire. The commander, Herr, could not have been more pleased by the outcome of the day training.
"The Soldiers have been doing well throughout the exercise. I believe that from here we can only get better," Herr said. "If we continue to grow, I think we will be battle ready."