FORT MOORE, Ga. – Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade recently conducted an operational anti-armor exercise designed to support Infantry trainees’ ability to prepare for large-scale combat operations.
“We launched an operational exercise called anti-armor week,” said Maj. Matt Hepinstall executive officer with the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment. “Anti-armor week is designed to update the current program of instruction to include (Large Scale Combat Operations) and is being evaluated for permanent implementation into the 11 Bravo Infantry (One Station Unit Training) program of instruction.”
Soldiers gained valuable skills during the live-fire exercise, including the ability to recognize, track, and attack enemy armored vehicles using a variety of anti-armor munitions.
Over eight days, Soldiers underwent intensive training operating anti-armor munitions, such as the formidable M2A1.50-caliber machine gun, the Mark 19 grenade launcher, the AT4 anti-tank shoulder-fired munitions, the highly effective M141 bunker defeat munitions, and the Carl Gustaf antitank munitions.
Capt. Matthew Cavell, company commander of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment, 197th Infantry Brigade, said he continues to train Soldiers in preparation for large-scale combat operations by using a progressive training model that allows for Soldiers to retain previously taught blocks of instruction and to implement them in future training.
"Anti-armor training will develop Soldiers' warfighting skills so that, when they report to their first unit of assignment, they will have a deeper understanding of specific weapons and their capabilities as we prepare them for large-scale combat operations," Cavell said. “We have streamlined the 11 Bravo One Station Unit Training Course allowing for key topics touchpoints throughout the duration of the 22-week program.”