U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, shoot a M109 Paladin as part of a battalion-level artillery qualification exercise, March 8, 2021, at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. This field training exercise is in preparation for an upcoming National Training Center rotation. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago).
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, shoot a M109 Paladin as part of a battalion-level artillery qualification exercise, March 8, 2021, at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. This field training exercise is in preparation for an upcoming National Training Center rotation. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago). (Photo Credit: Pfc. Luis Santiago) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. Herman Lloyd, a U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, conducts a perimeter sweep during a battalion level field training exercise at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM, March 7, 2021. 2-3FA conducted this exercise in preparation for an upcoming National Training Center rotation. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Ingram)
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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, wait inside their M109 Paladin for orders to fire during a battalion level field training exercise at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM, March 7, 2021. This field training exercise lasted for five days. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Ingram)
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, wait inside their M109 Paladin for orders to fire during a battalion level field training exercise at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM, March 7, 2021. This field training exercise lasted for five days. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Ingram) (Photo Credit: Pfc. Elijah Ingram) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army fire support Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery
Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, communicate
targeting information over a tactical radio as part of a battalion-level artillery
qualification course on March 8, 2021 at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. With
different echelons and units communicating on tactical networks, the Soldiers have to transmit details while being accurate, brief and concise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago).
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Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, communicate
targeting information over a tactical radio as part of a battalion-level artillery
qualification course on March 8, 2021 at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. With
different echelons and units communicating on tactical networks, the Soldiers have to transmit details while being accurate, brief and concise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago). (Photo Credit: Pfc. Luis Santiago)
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FORT BLISS, Texas – U.S. Army Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, participated in a battalion-level artillery qualification training exercise at the Dona Ana Range Complex, New Mexico on March 5-10, 2021.

“Artillery Table XVIII (18) is an external and comprehensive evaluation of the field artillery battalion operations in a tactical field environment,” said Capt. Kossi Komlassan, the assistant operations officer with 1st Armored Division Artillery. “The battalion-level artillery qualification exercise is important because it enables the field artillery battalion to become proficient in both its tactical and technical tasks.”

The approach for the qualification course is to get Soldiers ready for an upcoming National Training Center rotation in Fort Irwin, California. This real-life training allows the teams to refine their tactics and maneuvers at the squad level to keeping them mission ready.

U.S. Army forward observers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, use their M2 Bradley during a night fire exercise at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM, March 8, 2021. The job of forward observers is to relay information to the fire direction center on where rounds impact. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Ingram)
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army forward observers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, use their M2 Bradley during a night fire exercise at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM, March 8, 2021. The job of forward observers is to relay information to the fire direction center on where rounds impact. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Ingram) (Photo Credit: Pfc. Elijah Ingram) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class James Warren, a fire support non-commissioned officer assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, waits to receive orders to fire illumination rounds during a field exercise on March 8, 2021 at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. The exercise is a five day training event that prepares Soldiers for their upcoming NTC rotation (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago).
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class James Warren, a fire support non-commissioned officer assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, waits to receive orders to fire illumination rounds during a field exercise on March 8, 2021 at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. The exercise is a five day training event that prepares Soldiers for their upcoming NTC rotation (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago). (Photo Credit: Pfc. Luis Santiago) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division develop a strategy to fire illumination rounds during a battalion-level artillery qualification exercise, March 8, 2021 at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM. These events were conducted in preparation for an upcoming National Training Center rotation. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Luis Santiago).
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2nd Lt. Kristi Newlen, a company fire support officer assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, monitors a computer system that shows target locations at the Dona Ana Range Complex, NM, March 8, 2021. This exercise is in preparation for an upcoming National Training Center rotation. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Ingram)
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1st Lt. Carla Garza, a fire direction officer with Alpha battery, 2-3 FA said, “This training exercise certifies individual Soldiers on individual skills, all the way up to the battalion and eventually this will prepare us for NTC for brigade operations.”

During the exercise, the forward observers were responsible for overseeing round verifications from the M109 Paladin, fire mission commands and also communicates targeting information from the fire direction center.

Garza also emphasized that the fire direction center must provide accurate and safe fires by ensuring all of the information is correct before sending out the mission information.

“This exercise allows the Iron Soldiers fire support community to effectively coordinate, integrate, synchronize, and employ fire and its effects to achieve the division commander’s objectives,” stated Komlassan. “So that we are able to become a lethal fire support formation, capable of providing timely and accurate joint fires in support of 1st Armored Division.”