History in the making: 2SBCT becomes most modernized formation in U.S. with CROWS-J
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, mount an FGM-148 Javelin missile to be fired using the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station-Javelin to a Stryker April 27 at Fort Carson, Colorado. 2nd SBCT is the only Stryker formation equipped with CROWS-J, making it the most agile and lethal formation in the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jason Elmore) (Photo Credit: Maj. Jason Elmore) VIEW ORIGINAL
History in the making: 2SBCT becomes most modernized formation in U.S. with CROWS-J
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier with 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, observes the impact area of an FGM-148 Javelin missile to be fired using the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station-Javelin April 28, at Fort Carson, Colorado. 2nd SBCT is the only Stryker formation equipped with CROWS-J, making it the most agile and lethal formation in the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gabrielle Pena) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Gabrielle Pena) VIEW ORIGINAL
2SBCT CROWS-J Javelin Demonstration
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, became the first ground combat force in the U.S. Army to fire a FGM-148 Javelin using the Common Remote Weapon Station-Javelin system from a Stryker, making it the most lethal formation in the U.S. Army, April 28 at Fort Carson, Colo. The CROWS-J is a stabilized mount that contains a sensor suite and fire control software, allowing on-the-move target reference points, programmable target reference points, programmable sector surveillance scanning, automatic target racking and programmable no-fire zones. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Jason Elmore (Photo Credit: Maj. Jason Elmore) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Leaders of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division gathered at the installation’s ranges on April 28 to witness the culmination and validation of the brigade’s year-long journey to become the U.S. Army’s most modern and lethal ground fighting force with the addition of the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station-Javelin, or CROWS-J.

The CROWS-J allows Soldiers to fire the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile from within the vehicle, allowing for on-the-move target acquisition and engagement.

“[The Javelins] are a very capable missile,” said Capt. Jacob Poag, operations officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are taking the opportunity to fire 12 Javelins today, which will get six crews across the brigade to fire.”

Firing the FGM-148 using the CROWS-J had not been done previously by any Brigade Combat Team in the U.S. Army, outside of testing. The occasion provided Soldiers an opportunity to do so outside of simulated, virtual training.

“There are portions of training you can’t get in a simulation that you can only get by firing a live missile,” Poag said. “It’s incredibly important for the brigade to make us a lot more lethal by firing today.”

Before installing the CROWS-J onto Strykers, the FGM-148 Javelin was designed to be shoulder-fired by a dismounted Soldier.

“We have the ability to fire about 100 dismounted Javelins during any kind of training mission or [if we are] to be deployed,” Poag said. “The addition of the CROWS-J gives us double that, making us very lethal in the anti-tank realm.”

“We are now the most lethal force there is,” said Spc. Jerett Vermeis with 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “We are ready for whatever the nation needs us for.”