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Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq


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Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between April 27-May 3, conducting 27 strikes consisting of 35 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.  [1]

Strikes in Syria

Yesterday, coalition military forces conducted a strike consisting of one engagement against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal.

On May 2, coalition military forces conducted four strikes consisting of four engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal. The strikes destroyed an ISIS storage facility.

On May 1, coalition military forces conducted five strikes consisting of five engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Abu Kamal, four strikes damaged an ISIS-held building.

— Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two headquarters buildings.

On April 30, coalition military forces conducted 10 strikes consisting of 12 engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Abu Kamal, six strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS staging area, a tunnel and a headquarters.

— Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.

— Near Shadaddi, three strikes engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle, two headquarters buildings and damaged three ISIS-held buildings.

On April 29, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of two engagements against ISIS targets:

— A strike took place near Dayr Az Zawr.

— Near Shadaddi, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed an ISIS vehicle.

Strikes in Iraq

There were no reported strikes in Iraq May 2-3.

On May 1, coalition military forces conducted three strikes consisting of eight engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Huwijah, two strikes destroyed 31 ISIS tunnel systems and six caves.

— Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed an ISIS bunker.

On April 30, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets:

— Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIS tunnel system.

–Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed an ISIS fighting position.

There were no reported strikes in Iraq on April 29.

Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

These strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destruction of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria also further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct external operations throughout the region and the rest of the world, task force officials said. [2]

The list above contains all strikes conducted by fighter, attack, bomber, rotary-wing or remotely piloted aircraft; rocket-propelled artillery; and ground-based tactical artillery, officials noted.

A strike, as defined by the coalition, refers to one or more kinetic engagements that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single or cumulative effect.

For example, task force officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIS vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against a group of ISIS-held buildings and weapon systems in a compound, having the cumulative effect of making that facility harder or impossible to use. Strike assessments are based on initial reports and may be refined, officials said.

The task force does not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

References

  1. ^ Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (www.inherentresolve.mil)
  2. ^ Operation Inherent Resolve (www.defense.gov)
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The US military wants AI to dream up weird new helicopters

AI can already dream up imaginary celebrities[1], so perhaps it can help the Army imagine revolutionary new engine parts or aircraft, too.

That’s the goal of a new project from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)[2], the research wing of the US Defense Department. DARPA wants entrants to rethink the way complex components are designed by combining recent advances in machine learning with fundamental tenets of math and engineering.

AI is increasingly being used to imagine new things, from celebrity faces[3] to clothing[4] (see “The GANfather: The man who’s given machines the gift of imagination[5]”). The systems being used to conjure up new ideas are still in their early stages, but they show a path forward.

Machine learning is also already used in some areas of design and engineering, but the DARPA project aims to apply it more broadly, and to the crucial task of determining function and form. “We are using very few computational tools,” says Jan Vandenbrande, the DARPA program manager in charge. “It’s very artisan.”

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One project selected for funding by DARPA is D-FOCUS, from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PARC, the research company spun out of Xerox.

D-FOCUS doesn’t come up with new designs from scratch but offers up alternatives to existing designs. If the early phase of the design process is automated, a human designer can explore more design options and compare trade-offs with each option before committing to a potentially very expensive plan, says Johan de Kleer, the PARC lead on the project.

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Under the DARPA challenge, software has to come up with designs for machines that can solve classic engineering questions, like how to transport water uphill.

Using hard-coded laws of physics along with functional requirements provided by a human designer, D-FOCUS can explore potential design concepts. For the moving-water-uphill problem, for instance, the system suggested using the Leidenfrost effect—a phenomenon where water droplets on a very hot surface create a thin layer of vapor beneath themselves, causing a repulsive force that makes the water hover above the surface. The researchers admit that this concept is largely impractical, but it is the type of out-there thinking that can push designers to come up with innovative designs.

DARPA has a long history of backing early technologies. The DARPA Grand Challenge[7] was the first long-distance competition for driverless cars, back in 2004, and it kicked off the current boom in self-driving technology. More recently, DARPA funded an Explainable AI (XAI)[8] program to develop new AI systems that were easier for humans to understand.

Mike Haley, Autodesk’s senior director of machine intelligence, says AI could expand design beyond boundaries imposed by the bias and groupthink that humans can succumb to. “We are going to think beyond our brains and come up with ideas that we would have never come up with before,” Haley says. “It’s like having the world’s most wonderful mentor.”

References

  1. ^ dream up imaginary celebrities (www.technologyreview.com)
  2. ^ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (www.darpa.mil)
  3. ^ celebrity faces (www.technologyreview.com)
  4. ^ clothing (www.technologyreview.com)
  5. ^ The GANfather: The man who’s given machines the gift of imagination (www.technologyreview.com)
  6. ^ Manage your newsletter preferences (www.technologyreview.com)
  7. ^ DARPA Grand Challenge (www.darpa.mil)
  8. ^ Explainable AI (XAI) (www.darpa.mil)
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1ST BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM: 1-32nd CAV demonstrates lethality at gunnery training

Bandits from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently conducted crew gunnery training to confirm mastery of motorized crew fundamentals and maximize lethality.

The two-week gunnery training that ended Friday qualified 49 crews on their assigned machine guns; MK19 grenade launchers; and tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles, building crew confidence in the process.

Captain Daniel T. Little, commander, A Troop 1-32nd Cav. Regt., said Bandit troopers need to be proficient in crew tasks and weapons systems so they are able to conduct continuous reconnaissance and surveillance operations in any environment.

“This gunnery exercise tested the Bandits in a variety of harsh weather conditions including periods of daylight and darkness which increased the overall complexity. Crews were forced to transition rapidly between optics and lasers in order to identify and engage multiple targets within the time limit.  Our crews executed their tasks expertly,” Little said.

Specialist Luis Abad, an A Troop gunner, said his favorite part of gunnery was “waking up in the cold” because it built up his character as an individual and Soldier. Not only did gunnery build the grit and resilience of Bandit troopers, but it also reinforced the “deploy and fight now mentality” that is first on the 1st BCT commander’s list of expectations for the Bastogne brigade.

“Anything can happen in combat and gunnery allowed [my] whole crew to move and execute using live rounds, giving everyone a good grasp of what their job is within the truck,” said Spc. Joseph Levato, a B Troop MK19 gunner.

The Bandits recognized the importance of growing as teammates within their crews during gunnery in order to maximize their performance and lethality.

“[Gunnery] helped me develop by giving me a hands on situation for engaging targets while working as a [mounted] team [member], unlike regular ranges that usually focus on individual performance,” said Pfc. Louis Dekany, an A Troop gunner. “It develops everyone’s roles within the team.”

The teamwork of the crews led them to succeed in the competition for the coveted title of “Top Gun,” awarded to the highest-performing crew for each weapon system at gunnery.

Winning crews included Sgt. David Kelly, Spc. Brando Cervantes, and Pvt. James Osburn for the TOW system; Sgt. 1st Class Eric Harder, Sgt. Ayrton Leiser, and Pvt. Brandon Beecher for the MK19; Sgt. Seth Jarrell, Spc. Jonathan Passman, and Pfc. Nickalas Woody for machine gun; and Lt. Col. Adisa King, Spc. Zackery Khan, and Spc. Austin Heiser for the Commander’s Cup on the mine-resistant ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicle. The competition sparked crews to work harder and outperform each other.

Staff Sergeant Anthony Renza, a senior scout in B Troop, said his favorite part of gunnery was “being in the running for Top Gun and seeing [his] crew come alive with motivation and drive to succeed.”

Notably, D Troop successfully qualified nine crews, which is the highest number of qualified crews in any forward support company in Bastogne. D Troop now holds the only qualified crew of food service specialists. This shows the unit’s focus on ensuring every trooper is trained and ready for combat, no matter their military occupational specialty.

The troopers of 1st Squadron developed their fundamental motorized crew skills, contributed to 1-32nd CAV’s readiness, and displayed their proficiency and lethality during gunnery training. The Bandits will continue to train to ensure they have the most lethal crews in the brigade and are ready to fight and conduct reconnaissance whenever called, in any conditions.

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1ST BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM: 1-32nd CAV demonstrates lethality …

Bandits from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently conducted crew gunnery training to confirm mastery of motorized crew fundamentals and maximize lethality.

The two-week gunnery training that ended Friday qualified 49 crews on their assigned machine guns; MK19 grenade launchers; and tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles, building crew confidence in the process.

Captain Daniel T. Little, commander, A Troop 1-32nd Cav. Regt., said Bandit troopers need to be proficient in crew tasks and weapons systems so they are able to conduct continuous reconnaissance and surveillance operations in any environment.

“This gunnery exercise tested the Bandits in a variety of harsh weather conditions including periods of daylight and darkness which increased the overall complexity. Crews were forced to transition rapidly between optics and lasers in order to identify and engage multiple targets within the time limit.  Our crews executed their tasks expertly,” Little said.

Specialist Luis Abad, an A Troop gunner, said his favorite part of gunnery was “waking up in the cold” because it built up his character as an individual and Soldier. Not only did gunnery build the grit and resilience of Bandit troopers, but it also reinforced the “deploy and fight now mentality” that is first on the 1st BCT commander’s list of expectations for the Bastogne brigade.

“Anything can happen in combat and gunnery allowed [my] whole crew to move and execute using live rounds, giving everyone a good grasp of what their job is within the truck,” said Spc. Joseph Levato, a B Troop MK19 gunner.

The Bandits recognized the importance of growing as teammates within their crews during gunnery in order to maximize their performance and lethality.

“[Gunnery] helped me develop by giving me a hands on situation for engaging targets while working as a [mounted] team [member], unlike regular ranges that usually focus on individual performance,” said Pfc. Louis Dekany, an A Troop gunner. “It develops everyone’s roles within the team.”

The teamwork of the crews led them to succeed in the competition for the coveted title of “Top Gun,” awarded to the highest-performing crew for each weapon system at gunnery.

Winning crews included Sgt. David Kelly, Spc. Brando Cervantes, and Pvt. James Osburn for the TOW system; Sgt. 1st Class Eric Harder, Sgt. Ayrton Leiser, and Pvt. Brandon Beecher for the MK19; Sgt. Seth Jarrell, Spc. Jonathan Passman, and Pfc. Nickalas Woody for machine gun; and Lt. Col. Adisa King, Spc. Zackery Khan, and Spc. Austin Heiser for the Commander’s Cup on the mine-resistant ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicle. The competition sparked crews to work harder and outperform each other.

Staff Sergeant Anthony Renza, a senior scout in B Troop, said his favorite part of gunnery was “being in the running for Top Gun and seeing [his] crew come alive with motivation and drive to succeed.”

Notably, D Troop successfully qualified nine crews, which is the highest number of qualified crews in any forward support company in Bastogne. D Troop now holds the only qualified crew of food service specialists. This shows the unit’s focus on ensuring every trooper is trained and ready for combat, no matter their military occupational specialty.

The troopers of 1st Squadron developed their fundamental motorized crew skills, contributed to 1-32nd CAV’s readiness, and displayed their proficiency and lethality during gunnery training. The Bandits will continue to train to ensure they have the most lethal crews in the brigade and are ready to fight and conduct reconnaissance whenever called, in any conditions.

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1ST BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM: 1-32nd CAV demonstrates lethality …

Bandits from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently conducted crew gunnery training to confirm mastery of motorized crew fundamentals and maximize lethality.

The two-week gunnery training that ended Friday qualified 49 crews on their assigned machine guns; MK19 grenade launchers; and tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles, building crew confidence in the process.

Captain Daniel T. Little, commander, A Troop 1-32nd Cav. Regt., said Bandit troopers need to be proficient in crew tasks and weapons systems so they are able to conduct continuous reconnaissance and surveillance operations in any environment.

“This gunnery exercise tested the Bandits in a variety of harsh weather conditions including periods of daylight and darkness which increased the overall complexity. Crews were forced to transition rapidly between optics and lasers in order to identify and engage multiple targets within the time limit.  Our crews executed their tasks expertly,” Little said.

Specialist Luis Abad, an A Troop gunner, said his favorite part of gunnery was “waking up in the cold” because it built up his character as an individual and Soldier. Not only did gunnery build the grit and resilience of Bandit troopers, but it also reinforced the “deploy and fight now mentality” that is first on the 1st BCT commander’s list of expectations for the Bastogne brigade.

“Anything can happen in combat and gunnery allowed [my] whole crew to move and execute using live rounds, giving everyone a good grasp of what their job is within the truck,” said Spc. Joseph Levato, a B Troop MK19 gunner.

The Bandits recognized the importance of growing as teammates within their crews during gunnery in order to maximize their performance and lethality.

“[Gunnery] helped me develop by giving me a hands on situation for engaging targets while working as a [mounted] team [member], unlike regular ranges that usually focus on individual performance,” said Pfc. Louis Dekany, an A Troop gunner. “It develops everyone’s roles within the team.”

The teamwork of the crews led them to succeed in the competition for the coveted title of “Top Gun,” awarded to the highest-performing crew for each weapon system at gunnery.

Winning crews included Sgt. David Kelly, Spc. Brando Cervantes, and Pvt. James Osburn for the TOW system; Sgt. 1st Class Eric Harder, Sgt. Ayrton Leiser, and Pvt. Brandon Beecher for the MK19; Sgt. Seth Jarrell, Spc. Jonathan Passman, and Pfc. Nickalas Woody for machine gun; and Lt. Col. Adisa King, Spc. Zackery Khan, and Spc. Austin Heiser for the Commander’s Cup on the mine-resistant ambush-protected, all-terrain vehicle. The competition sparked crews to work harder and outperform each other.

Staff Sergeant Anthony Renza, a senior scout in B Troop, said his favorite part of gunnery was “being in the running for Top Gun and seeing [his] crew come alive with motivation and drive to succeed.”

Notably, D Troop successfully qualified nine crews, which is the highest number of qualified crews in any forward support company in Bastogne. D Troop now holds the only qualified crew of food service specialists. This shows the unit’s focus on ensuring every trooper is trained and ready for combat, no matter their military occupational specialty.

The troopers of 1st Squadron developed their fundamental motorized crew skills, contributed to 1-32nd CAV’s readiness, and displayed their proficiency and lethality during gunnery training. The Bandits will continue to train to ensure they have the most lethal crews in the brigade and are ready to fight and conduct reconnaissance whenever called, in any conditions.

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'First-of-its-kind' training: 2 brigades head from Camp Shelby to Fort Bliss

From staff reports Published 3:01 p.m. CT March 10, 2018

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The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade practice remobilization training at Camp Shelby on Monday. The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas afterwards to continue their training. Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American

Two Mississippi-based brigades are heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, to train with each other in a first-of-its-kind exercise.

First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade from Camp Shelby will advise and assist the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored  Brigade Combat Team out of Tupelo.

“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will be the first Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Team to train and deploy prepared for decisive action operations that include operating all along the continuum of conflict,” said Col. Jack Vantress, 177th Armored Brigade commander, in an email. “The 155th has been working toward this end for over three years, and over the next three months, we in the 177th are honored to advise and assist them as they make final preparations for their upcoming deployment.”

The number of soldiers, the large-scale exercises and the closeness of the two brigades make this training mission unique.

Most recently, the two brigades have been training at Camp Shelby in preparation for their move to Fort Bliss.

“Both our formations totaling near 4,300 soldiers have been working together to plan and execute training that will prepare them for deployment,” Vantress said.

More: Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft[1]

The entirety of the 177th, with augmentation from First Army Division East, is assembling at Fort Bliss and will partner with the 155th for nearly 90 days.

“This is not a normal event,” Vantress said. “It is a first-of-its-kind to insure the 155th is as prepared as can be to deploy on a contingency mission.”

The 155th is preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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Fort Bliss was chosen for the training because it is the only suitable installation, Vantress said.

“We are conducting the training at Fort Bliss due to the size of the training requirement,” he said. “Fort Bliss is one of only a few installations in the United States that can train an Armored Brigade Combat Team with its vast expanse of training areas as well as the necessary number and sizes of live fire ranges for tanks and artillery.

“The environment also replicates the environment the 155th will deploy to and conduct their operations.”

More: Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby[4]

Vantress said the two brigades have been living and working together at Camp Shelby for some time.

“Partnering with the 155th is special for our brigade because they are the hometown partners,” Vantress said. “Our brigade partners with units across seven primary states  and two territories, so the opportunity to work with a partner that we are very close to and live amongst is exciting.”

Vantress said the soldiers of the 177th are technical experts with years of deployment experience. After assisting the 155th, they will return to serve other Army National Guard and Army Reserve partners for the foreseeable future.

“Our reserve force is more important now than it ever was to generate a force capable of deterring our nation’s enemies, and if called upon, defeating our adversaries to protect the American people and our way of life,” Vantress said.

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155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/[6]

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References

  1. ^ Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  2. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  3. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  4. ^ Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/ (www.facebook.com)
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'First-of-its-kind' training: 2 brigades head from Camp Shelby to Fort Bliss

From staff reports Published 3:01 p.m. CT March 10, 2018

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The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade practice remobilization training at Camp Shelby on Monday. The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas afterwards to continue their training. Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American

Two Mississippi-based brigades are heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, to train with each other in a first-of-its-kind exercise.

First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade from Camp Shelby will advise and assist the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored  Brigade Combat Team out of Tupelo.

“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will be the first Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Team to train and deploy prepared for decisive action operations that include operating all along the continuum of conflict,” said Col. Jack Vantress, 177th Armored Brigade commander, in an email. “The 155th has been working toward this end for over three years, and over the next three months, we in the 177th are honored to advise and assist them as they make final preparations for their upcoming deployment.”

The number of soldiers, the large-scale exercises and the closeness of the two brigades make this training mission unique.

Most recently, the two brigades have been training at Camp Shelby in preparation for their move to Fort Bliss.

“Both our formations totaling near 4,300 soldiers have been working together to plan and execute training that will prepare them for deployment,” Vantress said.

More: Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft[1]

The entirety of the 177th, with augmentation from First Army Division East, is assembling at Fort Bliss and will partner with the 155th for nearly 90 days.

“This is not a normal event,” Vantress said. “It is a first-of-its-kind to insure the 155th is as prepared as can be to deploy on a contingency mission.”

The 155th is preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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[2][3]

Fort Bliss was chosen for the training because it is the only suitable installation, Vantress said.

“We are conducting the training at Fort Bliss due to the size of the training requirement,” he said. “Fort Bliss is one of only a few installations in the United States that can train an Armored Brigade Combat Team with its vast expanse of training areas as well as the necessary number and sizes of live fire ranges for tanks and artillery.

“The environment also replicates the environment the 155th will deploy to and conduct their operations.”

More: Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby[4]

Vantress said the two brigades have been living and working together at Camp Shelby for some time.

“Partnering with the 155th is special for our brigade because they are the hometown partners,” Vantress said. “Our brigade partners with units across seven primary states  and two territories, so the opportunity to work with a partner that we are very close to and live amongst is exciting.”

Vantress said the soldiers of the 177th are technical experts with years of deployment experience. After assisting the 155th, they will return to serve other Army National Guard and Army Reserve partners for the foreseeable future.

“Our reserve force is more important now than it ever was to generate a force capable of deterring our nation’s enemies, and if called upon, defeating our adversaries to protect the American people and our way of life,” Vantress said.

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177th Armored Brigade: https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs[5]

155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/[6]

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177th Armored Brigade: @177th_BDE_CDR

155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: @155ABCT

 

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References

  1. ^ Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  2. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  3. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  4. ^ Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/ (www.facebook.com)
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'First-of-its-kind' training: 2 brigades head from Camp Shelby to Fort Bliss

From staff reports Published 3:01 p.m. CT March 10, 2018

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The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade practice remobilization training at Camp Shelby on Monday. The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas afterwards to continue their training. Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American

Two Mississippi-based brigades are heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, to train with each other in a first-of-its-kind exercise.

First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade from Camp Shelby will advise and assist the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored  Brigade Combat Team out of Tupelo.

“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will be the first Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Team to train and deploy prepared for decisive action operations that include operating all along the continuum of conflict,” said Col. Jack Vantress, 177th Armored Brigade commander, in an email. “The 155th has been working toward this end for over three years, and over the next three months, we in the 177th are honored to advise and assist them as they make final preparations for their upcoming deployment.”

The number of soldiers, the large-scale exercises and the closeness of the two brigades make this training mission unique.

Most recently, the two brigades have been training at Camp Shelby in preparation for their move to Fort Bliss.

“Both our formations totaling near 4,300 soldiers have been working together to plan and execute training that will prepare them for deployment,” Vantress said.

More: Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft[1]

The entirety of the 177th, with augmentation from First Army Division East, is assembling at Fort Bliss and will partner with the 155th for nearly 90 days.

“This is not a normal event,” Vantress said. “It is a first-of-its-kind to insure the 155th is as prepared as can be to deploy on a contingency mission.”

The 155th is preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Story continues below photo gallery.

Autoplay

Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

[2][3]

Fort Bliss was chosen for the training because it is the only suitable installation, Vantress said.

“We are conducting the training at Fort Bliss due to the size of the training requirement,” he said. “Fort Bliss is one of only a few installations in the United States that can train an Armored Brigade Combat Team with its vast expanse of training areas as well as the necessary number and sizes of live fire ranges for tanks and artillery.

“The environment also replicates the environment the 155th will deploy to and conduct their operations.”

More: Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby[4]

Vantress said the two brigades have been living and working together at Camp Shelby for some time.

“Partnering with the 155th is special for our brigade because they are the hometown partners,” Vantress said. “Our brigade partners with units across seven primary states  and two territories, so the opportunity to work with a partner that we are very close to and live amongst is exciting.”

Vantress said the soldiers of the 177th are technical experts with years of deployment experience. After assisting the 155th, they will return to serve other Army National Guard and Army Reserve partners for the foreseeable future.

“Our reserve force is more important now than it ever was to generate a force capable of deterring our nation’s enemies, and if called upon, defeating our adversaries to protect the American people and our way of life,” Vantress said.

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177th Armored Brigade: https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs[5]

155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/[6]

On Twitter

177th Armored Brigade: @177th_BDE_CDR

155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: @155ABCT

 

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References

  1. ^ Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  2. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  3. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  4. ^ Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/ (www.facebook.com)
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'First-of-its-kind' training: 2 brigades head from Camp Shelby to Fort Bliss

From staff reports Published 3:01 p.m. CT March 10, 2018

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The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade practice remobilization training at Camp Shelby on Monday. The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas afterwards to continue their training. Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American

Two Mississippi-based brigades are heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, to train with each other in a first-of-its-kind exercise.

First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade from Camp Shelby will advise and assist the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored  Brigade Combat Team out of Tupelo.

“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will be the first Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Team to train and deploy prepared for decisive action operations that include operating all along the continuum of conflict,” said Col. Jack Vantress, 177th Armored Brigade commander, in an email. “The 155th has been working toward this end for over three years, and over the next three months, we in the 177th are honored to advise and assist them as they make final preparations for their upcoming deployment.”

The number of soldiers, the large-scale exercises and the closeness of the two brigades make this training mission unique.

Most recently, the two brigades have been training at Camp Shelby in preparation for their move to Fort Bliss.

“Both our formations totaling near 4,300 soldiers have been working together to plan and execute training that will prepare them for deployment,” Vantress said.

More: Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft[1]

The entirety of the 177th, with augmentation from First Army Division East, is assembling at Fort Bliss and will partner with the 155th for nearly 90 days.

“This is not a normal event,” Vantress said. “It is a first-of-its-kind to insure the 155th is as prepared as can be to deploy on a contingency mission.”

The 155th is preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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Fort Bliss was chosen for the training because it is the only suitable installation, Vantress said.

“We are conducting the training at Fort Bliss due to the size of the training requirement,” he said. “Fort Bliss is one of only a few installations in the United States that can train an Armored Brigade Combat Team with its vast expanse of training areas as well as the necessary number and sizes of live fire ranges for tanks and artillery.

“The environment also replicates the environment the 155th will deploy to and conduct their operations.”

More: Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby[4]

Vantress said the two brigades have been living and working together at Camp Shelby for some time.

“Partnering with the 155th is special for our brigade because they are the hometown partners,” Vantress said. “Our brigade partners with units across seven primary states  and two territories, so the opportunity to work with a partner that we are very close to and live amongst is exciting.”

Vantress said the soldiers of the 177th are technical experts with years of deployment experience. After assisting the 155th, they will return to serve other Army National Guard and Army Reserve partners for the foreseeable future.

“Our reserve force is more important now than it ever was to generate a force capable of deterring our nation’s enemies, and if called upon, defeating our adversaries to protect the American people and our way of life,” Vantress said.

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  3. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  4. ^ Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
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'First-of-its-kind' training: 2 brigades head from Camp Shelby to Fort Bliss

From staff reports Published 3:01 p.m. CT March 10, 2018

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The Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade practice remobilization training at Camp Shelby on Monday. The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas afterwards to continue their training. Susan Broadbridge/Hattiesburg American

Two Mississippi-based brigades are heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, to train with each other in a first-of-its-kind exercise.

First Army’s 177th Armored Brigade from Camp Shelby will advise and assist the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Armored  Brigade Combat Team out of Tupelo.

“The 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will be the first Army National Guard Armored Brigade Combat Team to train and deploy prepared for decisive action operations that include operating all along the continuum of conflict,” said Col. Jack Vantress, 177th Armored Brigade commander, in an email. “The 155th has been working toward this end for over three years, and over the next three months, we in the 177th are honored to advise and assist them as they make final preparations for their upcoming deployment.”

The number of soldiers, the large-scale exercises and the closeness of the two brigades make this training mission unique.

Most recently, the two brigades have been training at Camp Shelby in preparation for their move to Fort Bliss.

“Both our formations totaling near 4,300 soldiers have been working together to plan and execute training that will prepare them for deployment,” Vantress said.

More: Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft[1]

The entirety of the 177th, with augmentation from First Army Division East, is assembling at Fort Bliss and will partner with the 155th for nearly 90 days.

“This is not a normal event,” Vantress said. “It is a first-of-its-kind to insure the 155th is as prepared as can be to deploy on a contingency mission.”

The 155th is preparing for an upcoming deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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Fort Bliss was chosen for the training because it is the only suitable installation, Vantress said.

“We are conducting the training at Fort Bliss due to the size of the training requirement,” he said. “Fort Bliss is one of only a few installations in the United States that can train an Armored Brigade Combat Team with its vast expanse of training areas as well as the necessary number and sizes of live fire ranges for tanks and artillery.

“The environment also replicates the environment the 155th will deploy to and conduct their operations.”

More: Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby[4]

Vantress said the two brigades have been living and working together at Camp Shelby for some time.

“Partnering with the 155th is special for our brigade because they are the hometown partners,” Vantress said. “Our brigade partners with units across seven primary states  and two territories, so the opportunity to work with a partner that we are very close to and live amongst is exciting.”

Vantress said the soldiers of the 177th are technical experts with years of deployment experience. After assisting the 155th, they will return to serve other Army National Guard and Army Reserve partners for the foreseeable future.

“Our reserve force is more important now than it ever was to generate a force capable of deterring our nation’s enemies, and if called upon, defeating our adversaries to protect the American people and our way of life,” Vantress said.

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177th Armored Brigade: https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs[5]

155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/[6]

On Twitter

177th Armored Brigade: @177th_BDE_CDR

155th Armored Brigade Combat Team: @155ABCT

 

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References

  1. ^ Camp Shelby, Homeland Security test unmanned aircraft (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  2. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  3. ^ (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  4. ^ Country’s only Unmanned Aircraft Regional Flight Center opens at Camp Shelby (www.hattiesburgamerican.com)
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/177ARBde/?ref=br_rs (www.facebook.com)
  6. ^ https://www.facebook.com/155ABCT/ (www.facebook.com)