Cougar Squadron conducts simulated training exercise

By Spc. William KuangFebruary 14, 2024

A U.S. Army Soldier attached to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd squadron, patrols a perimeter during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 7, 2024. During the STX soldiers engage in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier attached to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd squadron, patrols a perimeter during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 7, 2024. During the STX soldiers engage in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Pvt. Kendrick Harper, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, searches for enemies during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 6, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness, lethality and team cohesion.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pvt. Kendrick Harper, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, searches for enemies during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 6, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness, lethality and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Kuang) VIEW ORIGINAL

VILSECK, Germany — U.S. Soldiers of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Squadron, participated in an annual simulated training exercise Feb. 5 to 9, 2024.

This STX equips Cougar Squadron Soldiers with the necessary skills and capabilities to operate effectively and efficiently in a platoon-level assault in field and urban environments, fostering team cohesion for successful military operations.

“The infantry line platoon will be maneuvering in tactical formations up until the outside the perimeter of the compound,” said Cpl. Justin Johnson, a cavalry scout assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Squadron. “From there they will figure out how to breach into the compound, all while taking direct and indirect fire.”

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, secure a perimeter during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 5, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, secure a perimeter during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 5, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Kuang) VIEW ORIGINAL
From left, U.S. Army Pfc. Gabriel Delvalle and Pvt. Kendrick Harper, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, defend a fortified position during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 6, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness, lethality and team cohesion.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left, U.S. Army Pfc. Gabriel Delvalle and Pvt. Kendrick Harper, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, defend a fortified position during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 6, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness, lethality and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cameron Hershberger) VIEW ORIGINAL

The STX emphasizes Soldiers' abilities to navigate challenging environments and weather conditions, operate under low-light conditions, and use night optic devices. The tasks each platoon must complete are capturing a fortified enemy compound while utilizing their vehicles, tactical maneuvers and weapon systems.

“By the end of the week, 2CR 2nd Squadron will have a better understanding and knowledge of how to operate in urban terrain, specifically at night,” said 2nd Lt. Carlo Stefanello, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear officer assigned to the 2CR 2nd Squadron. “It is a good experience and new for a lot of the Soldiers out there. We’re hoping that next time they come across this type of training or actual real-world mission they will be able to have it run smoothly.”

The exercise underscores the critical role of the responsiveness and accuracy of information flow between troops on the ground and the tactical operations center.

“In the TOC we are overseeing all the moving pieces of the training,” said Stefanello. “All of us come together and develop a better shared understanding of the battlefield so that we can provide assets and support to our troops.”

U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Condran attached to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd squadron, secures the perimeter during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 7, 2024. During the STX soldiers engage in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Condran attached to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd squadron, secures the perimeter during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 7, 2024. During the STX soldiers engage in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. John Carlson, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, launches a Small Unmanned Aircraft System during Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 5, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. John Carlson, assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd Squadron, launches a Small Unmanned Aircraft System during Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 5, 2024. The STX engages in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Kuang) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Spc. William Brust attached to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd squadron, breaches enemy security compound with his squad during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 7, 2024. During the STX soldiers engage in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. William Brust attached to 2nd Cavalry Regiment (2CR), 2nd squadron, breaches enemy security compound with his squad during a Simulated Training Exercise (STX) held by 2CR at Vilseck, Germany Feb. 7, 2024. During the STX soldiers engage in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth Rodriguez) VIEW ORIGINAL

The TOC also enhances the situational awareness of ground troops, enabling them to respond rapidly and accurately to dynamic scenarios. One asset utilized is the small unmanned aircraft system, or SAUS, used as a surveillance drone to gain a visual advantage on the battlefield. This coordination between the TOC and ground troops is essential, especially for urban assault where quick and accurate information is critical.

One platoon from 2nd squadron was assigned as the opposing force to defend the objective, adding a valuable layer of realism to the training exercise. This dynamic allows for a more immersive and effective challenge for Soldiers to overcome.

“Our role as OPFOR is to provide protection of the compound as well as defend it,” stated Johnson. “The goal the line troops have is to not only maneuver to this objective, but also react to direct and indirect fire and deal with their casualties.”

Consistent training in various scenarios will greatly increase the versatility of Soldiers. By having them train in this STX, they learn how to overcome obstacles and how to prepare for any environment. These Soldiers are now better equipped with the necessary combat knowledge to implement during their future missions.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Squadron held a Simulated Training Exercise engaging in platoon-level training within field and urban environments, enhancing their combat readiness and team cohesion. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Spc. Cameron Hershberger)