U.S. Army soldiers conducted mortar live-fire certification for Singapore exercise Tiger Balm
United States US Army News
Friday, July 1, 2011, 10:05 AM
U.S. Army soldiers conducted mortar live-fire certification for Singapore exercise Tiger Balm.
U.S. Army Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment conducted a platoon live-fire certification June 22, 2011, on a training range here. As the last hurrah for the platoon before deploying to Singapore to participate in Exercise Tiger Balm, a bilateral training exercise between the United States and Singaporean armies, the live-fire provided an opportunity for the men to build a stronger bond within the platoon and hone their Soldier skills.
Mortarmen of 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat team, 2nd Infantry Division, fire mortars to support the battalion's 2nd Platoon, Company C, during their live-fire evaluation June 22, 2011.
“The purpose of the exercise is to evaluate our ability to operate not just as a platoon, but combined, using our internal and external assets such as mortars and our scouts and snipers from battalion and integrating them into our planning and execution of the mission,” said Sgt. Dustin Carden, a squad leader in 2nd Plt.
The deployment is an opportunity for the platoon to work with a different country’s military force.
“We are going over there to augment a Singaporean infantry company,” said 1st Lt. Nathan Gadberry, the platoon leader. “We’ll conduct a company assault on a mounted objective in an urban area.”
“We’re also there to help refine [standard operating procedures] on mounted operations with their Terrex vehicles,” he added. “It’s their equivalent to a Stryker.”
Sgt. Joseph MacDonald, a squad leader in the platoon, said he views the future training as a learning experience for his unit.
“We’ll see what they know that we don’t know or how they do something differently as well as them being able to learn from us,” he said.
As part of certification for Singapore, the battalion commander certified the platoon by observing the entire mission evaluating them on their combat tasks.
Sgt. Joseph MacDonald (left), a squad leader with 2nd Platoon, Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, communicates with a member of his squad during a practice run prior to a platoon live-fire evaluation June 22, 2011.