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  1. 1. Bandmaster set to make music with Army Band Faith volleyball » C1 » A3 vol. 70 • no. 48 The Bay NET serving the fort benning community • WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 Recon course builds leadersPRESCRIption drugsArmy looksat ways to By NICOLE RANDALL Fort Benning TV “Here, we focus on adaptive Soldier-leader training and education methodology which provides us the ability Staff Sgt. David Flores, a student in the Armyget handle The Army Reconnaissance Course, taught by the Armor School, is a 27-day to develop agile and adaptive leaders,” said Capt. William Biggs, the course manager. Reconnaissance Course, conducts Operationon pain class designed to transform Soldiers from a Through three phases, the course builds Bushmaster Nov. variety of military occupational specialties on the students’ knowledge. 27 on Harmony into reconnaissance leaders. » RECON, A6 Nicole Randall Church.By LORI With more than 50,000 We are sniper-qualified drill sergeants not currentlyservicemen and -womenwounded in action, the in sniper positions, and we proved we can still standDepartment of Defense hasthe challenge of helping toe-to-toe with the best in the world. ... We have alsoveterans manage chronic proven that our battalion has some of the best shooterspain. According to the Office of in the world training our future Soldiers.the Army Surgeon General’sfinal report by the Pain — Staff Sgt. Marty HollandManagement Task Forcereleased in May 2010, over-the-counter and prescriptionmedicines is one of themajor ways pain is treated.… But, the unintendedconsequences are drugabuse and diversion. According to the Officeof National Drug ControlPolicy, prescriptionopioid analgesics are themost commonly abusedprescription drugs in theU.S., with the highest rateof abuse occurring amongthose ages 18-25. “For patients interestedin treatments other than, orin addition to, medication, Drill sergeants relycomplementary alternativemedicine is a popularoption,” according to thetask force’s report. “ThoughCAM is increasing inpopularity among patients,this popularity has yet toresult in a parallel increase on fundamentals forin acceptance and use withtraditional medicine. Thereis a wide range of these teaching, competingtherapies and treatments, By Cheryl Rodewig partner during the four-day Along withsuch as acupuncture and competition that brought two otheryoga therapy, that have the world’s best snipers to cadre fromproven valuable in reducing It all comes down to the Fort overreliance on use of the 198th fundamentals, said Staff “He and I have donemedications to treat pain.” Infantry Sgt. Kirby Odom, one half nothing for (years) but To that end, Martin Army of the drill sergeant team Brigade, the train the fundamentals ofCommunity Hospital now that took second place in marksmanship,” Odom said, NCOs willhas a pain management last month’s International “and that’s what we went out competeaugmentation team that Sniper Competition. Staff there and applied. I focus in the Ashley Crossconsists of a physical Sgt. Marty Holland, also and harp on fundamentals All-Army Above: Staff Sgts. Marty Holland, front, and Kirby Odom engage a target Nov. 3 duringmedicine and rehabilitation the 2012 International Sniper Competition. Both Holland and Odom have taught with 2nd Battalion, 19th so much every day that small armsphysician, physician marksmanship to trainees as drill sergeants assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Infantry Regiment, 198th when I lay on a weapon, it’s competition» PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, A6 Regiment. Right: A 198th Infantry Brigade trainee practices basic rifle marksmanship. Infantry Brigade, was his » SNIPERS, A4 next month.Post honors German and Italian Memorial Day Where to find us Visit us at Cheryl Rodewig fortbenningfans or com/thebayonetfans. Alongside American Soldiers, more than Check out our photos at50 Italian and German soldiers are laid to in the Main Post Cemetery. Thoughfar from the country they served, their Download articles atmemory is not forgotten. Every November, is honored during German and ItalianMemorial Day. Held this year on Nov. 28, the ceremonyrecognizes the memorial holidays of both H Hcountries. For Italy, it is the Giornata delle salutes ourForze Armate, or Armed Forces Day, Nov. deployed units4. For Germany, it is the Volkstrauertag, or 63rd Engineer Company (Horizontal)Day of Mourning, the second Sunday before 3rd Armored Brigade Combat TeamAdvent. “Today’s ceremony in Fort Benning has 14th Combat Support Hospitala long-standing tradition,” said Karola and elements of the U.S. Army » MEMORIAL, A5 Cheryl Rodewig Marksmanship Unit INSIDE World War II nurse COMING UP, DON’T MISS ...Around the Army A2 Homes C7Homefront B4 Movies D2 Frances Nett dies at MCCC: International soldiers share their thoughts on training at the MCoE DEC. 12Pick 12 C2 Puzzles D2 94 in her ColumbusSafetyCab C6 Out & About D3 home SCHOOLS: Meet the new superintendent for the Georgia/Alabama district DEC. 12 >>Classifieds C7 TV D4-D7 » A2 BASKETBALL: Fort Benning team faces off against Maxwell Air Force Base DEC. 12
  2. 2. A2 H DECEMBER 5, 2012 H THE BAYONET NEWS & OPINION Around World War II nurse dies at home the By RUSS ENO Infantry Magazine Army F rances Kabler Nett, age 94 and a resident of Columbus, died Thursday, Nov. 29, at her home. A funeral mass 3ID Soldiers was celebrated at the Maneuver Center of Excellence Main Post Chapel, on Monday, with Father George Gonzales among first to officiating. Nett was born in Lynchburg, Va., on April 2, 1918. She was a member of Fort Benning’s Saint Maurice Parish.get new tactical vests Nett’s husband, a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions during World War II, retired Col. Robert Burton Nett, and their Members of the female engagement team son, Dr. Robert B. Nett Jr., of San Antonio, preceded her inwith 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, death.3rd Infantry Division, deploying soon,will be sporting a new piece of gear that A member of the Army Nurse Corps in World War II, sheonly a handful of Soldiers in Afghanistan served on active duty from Jan. 15, 1941, until July 18, 1945. Nettcurrently have: brand new armored vests was stationed at Fort Monroe, Va.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; Goose Bay,tailored to the female body. Labrador; Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis, Wash.; New The push to create these new vests began Guinea; and on the island of Leyte, Philippine Islands. John W. Peelerin 2009 when the 101st Airborne Division On Leyte, she assisted in treating casualties from some of In this 2008 photo, Maj. Gen. Walter Wojdakowski presents the flag to Francesreported issues female Soldiers were having the heaviest front-line fighting in the Philippines, along with Nett during the graveside service for her husband, retired Col. Bob Nett, whowith the fit and maneuverability of the prisoners of war — among them other Army nurses — who had earned the Medal of Honor during World War II.recently fielded Generation II Improved endured years of Japanese captivity.Outer Tactical Vests. Following World War II, no longer on active duty, she Her contributions to the professional development of the “When I was with the 101st in accompanied her husband on occupation duty in Beppu, Japan, young officers who are the leaders of today’s Army are beyondAfghanistan, I raised the issue there that where she volunteered to be on call 24 hours a day to support the measure.we had female Soldiers going outside the understaffed hospital. She later served as a civilian nurse in the It is no exaggeration to say that Frances K. Nett has left uswire on a routine basis and their equipment Kobe Base Hospital and participated in a number of programs to better than she found us.was just too large for them to operate and improve the training and technical skills of Army nurses. Her military awards and decorations include the Americancorrectly pocket their weapon in,” saidMaster Sgt. Jeff Fenlason. “Because the During numerous post-war assignments in the United States Defense Medal, American Theater Medal, World War II Victoryproblems were directly affecting the ability and Europe, she was active in assisting officer candidates and Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 2 stars, and the Philippineof these women to operate efficiently in young Army wives as they transitioned from civilian life to Liberation Medal with 1 star.combat, the Army began looking for ways the Army’s social and professional environment, organizing She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patti Nett of Santo improve the vests.” functions to welcome them, instructing them in etiquette and Antonio; granddaughter Erica L. Rubalcaba and her husband On Wednesday, the 1st ABCT FET serving as a helpful and sympathetic mentor when they sought Michael of San Antonio; and their daughter, her greatgathered in a small room with the lead her advice. granddaughter, Avery Grace; by her grandson Nicholas E. Nettproduct engineer of the Generation III During her 94 years of life, Nett made many lasting and of San Antonio; and Yvonne Randall and Helen McAnany of LasFemale Improved Outer Tactical Vests and far-reaching contributions to those who came to know her. In Vegas.officially became the second group in the the Netts’ overseas assignments, she exemplified the best of In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions beArmy to ever receive the new equipment. American home life and compassion and sought to apply her made to Condolences may be nursing skills wherever and whenever she saw an opportunity. offered at Stryker ‘double v-hull’ Letter to the Editorproven success Soldiers use Nett Warrior against Still time to make More than 18 months ago, the Army’s mock forces in integration eval CFC donations AStryker combat vehicle underwent a game-changing transformation when the service s some of you maytook lessons learned from theater and By Lt. Col. Deanna Bague and civilian life helps inject realism into the have noticed, theincorporated an improved hull design to Army News Service scenarios. CFC thermometers,protect Soldiers from improvised explosive “This is an opportunity to support our that measure donations to thedevices and roadside mines. DONA ANA RANGE, N.M. — Soldiers troops,” said Jayddim. “We are U.S. citizens. Combined Federal Campaign, The new underbody design, known as using Nett Warrior during the Network We laid (everything) down to serve our aren’t moving very quickly thisa “double v-hull”or DVH, was based on Integration Evaluation 13.1 met with mock Army — the U.S. Army. Both sides take it very year.proven technology similar to that found on opposition forces during a combat training seriously — to the point that sometimes both Your eyes are not deceivingMine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles engagement. sides forget we are just playing a role. So it you — it’s been a very slowwhich deflect blasts away from the vehicle The November training scenario was becomes very close to reality.” campaign. Fort Benning isand the Soldiers inside. designed to evaluate the benefits the portable, Sgt. Jeff Sweeney, a team leader for the always generous and still is The Stryker DVH took the concept a step hand-held device provides Soldiers during OPFOR in Special Troops Battalion, 2-1 AD, this year. But I think thatfurther by incorporating enhanced armor, dismounted operations conducted by the said he was pleased when the role players everyone is holding back justa new suspension and blast-attenuating 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, showed up to augment him and the group of a little, which is only naturalseats. This rapid engineering effort went 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Soldiers tasked to play the OPFOR. with our current federal budgetfrom conception to production in less than Division. It creates a better battlefield effect and it year and debuted in Afghanistan in “We came into multiple IEDs,” said Spc. Brad makes the fight for the OPFOR more realistic, However, we do have time toearly summer 2011. Flowers from 1-35 AR. “We were supposed to Sweeney said. make that thermometer rise a As of this month, 673 Stryker DVHs set off a cordon on the outside — (we) hit IEDs “It gives us a lot more play and headway, bit more. Dec. 15 is the CFChave been produced, of which more than on the way in — took a lot of casualties.” instead of going around saying, ‘bang, bang,’ deadline so until then, there’s450 have been fielded to Afghanistan. With Flowers said Nett Warrior allowed his and arguing over who’s dead and who’s not,” still an opportunity to make amore than a year and a half of combat platoon to perform various tasks in an effort he said. difference. Your gift puts foodexperience now, there is enough data to to counter the mock insurgency. Angela Stephan, who has worked as a role on tables, gives medicine anddeclare the Stryker DVH a success, said Lt. Nett Warrior was named for retired Col. player for seven years, said she feels a sense treatment to the sick and helpsCol. Eric Frutchey, product manager for Bob Nett, a Medal of Honor recipient who of pride in her work and also feels she helps people achieve their potential.the Stryker fleet. died in 2008. prepare Soldiers for threats they may face Your gift is also tax- “While deployed to Operation Enduring “We could set up casualty collection when they deploy. deductible, as all of the CFCFreedom, the Stryker DVH has seen enemy points we set up support by fire positions,” “I like helping our forces here, they are doing agencies have 501(c)(3) and come through with outstanding Flowers said. “You could set up a lot of things a great job,” said Stephan. “I’ve played the role Please see your unit/survivability results,” Frutchey said. “The actually, IED positions — where they went of (an) insurgent. I had the suicide vest on, I organization’s CFC keypersonmajority of Soldiers involved in those off, where we’re taking fire from. Plus you blew myself up, so we kept repeating the same in order to give, or call me atinstances have walked away from the can communicate with it at the same time scenario until they got it right. And at the end 706-545-9782.vehicles or returned to duty within a seamlessly. So it helps out a lot.” when they got it right I didn’t blow myself I will be happy to make sureshort period of time. Not only have the Soldiers who have participated in previous up, and when they arrested me they actually you have the opportunity tonumber of injuries and casualties dropped NIEs said the opposing force in this scenario arrested me as if I were a real insurgent.” share your blessings with othersdramatically but the severity of those was the most realistic threat they have seen The Soldiers engaged by the OPFOR role through a tax-deductible CFCinstances has substantially decreased.” inserted in an NIE. This is attributed to the use players said they welcome the challenging donation. For more on this story, go to http:// of role players from Lexicon, Inc. training they are exposed to during their Thanks very much to all Some of the role players are originally from evaluation of new systems and technologies. have already donated.double_v_hull__proven_success/. Iraq and also bring cultural sensitivity training “Pretty much anything can happen and foreign language support to military downrange,” said Flowers. “This sets us up — Laura Walker ONLINE bases around the United States. Salam Nassir to expect anything and to deal with it, so it Manager of the Columbus/ Jayddim, a team leader for the role players, said helps out a lot to train this way — to have Ft. Benning Regional Combined Go to their backgrounds and expertise in military unexpected events happen.” Federal Campaign for more information. Maj. Gen. H. R. 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  3. 3. THE BAYONET HDECEMBER 5, 2012 H A3 NEWS & FEATURESStrike up the band Kristian OgdenThe Maneuver Center of Excellence Band plays Christmas music at the 2011 annual holiday concert at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. The concert is always free, but tickets are required for admission. SATURDAY Sunday tuesDAY friday Dec. 8 Dec. 9 Dec. 11 Dec. 14 10 a.m. at Dillingham and Broad 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium in 3 p.m. at Eubanks Field on streets in Phenix City RiverCenter McGinnis-Wickam Hall Fort Benning The Bi-City Christmas Parade starts in Phenix The MCoE Band’s annual Christmas concert The Big Nasty Brass Band, one of the MCoE The MCoE Band will play during the openingCity and crosses into downtown Columbus. is free to the public, but tickets are required. Band’s ensembles, will present a holiday ceremony of the annual Airborne TowerThe full MCoE Band will be marching in the They can be picked up at the RiverCenter Box concert in conjunction with a holiday program Lighting. The music will end before dusk, butparade. Office, MWR headquarters or Tickets & Travel by Loyd Elementary School. the event lasts until the evening, when Santa next to the commissary. Claus parachutes onto the field.Dec. 11-18 — Band ensembles will serenade Fort Benning Soldiers, Family members and civilians with a variety of Christmas songs at various times and locationsaround post. An annual tradition, the caroling includes locations such as the clinics, PX, commissary, major commands and schools.MCoE Band commander to join US Army BandBy Cheryl Rodewig “Working with the MCoE Band has made me a conductor because I have been challenged as a conductor,”C he said. “The MCoE Band is comprised of a great group of hief Warrant Officer 3 Jeremiah Keillor has been musicians and generally is staffed at over 90 percent. This making music with military bands for nearly 20 combination of numbers of musicians and the talent level years, and soon he’ll reach the top musical tier of the musicians has allowed me to program more difficultin the Army — the United States Army Band. Known as selections that require more of the band musically — and“Pershing’s Own,” it’s the largest of the four special Army more of myself as a conductor.”bands, featuring 10 ensembles and 270 members who Keillor said he would work hard in his new assignment,perform at official functions in the capital and around the but it would be with the same enthusiasm he gives his workworld. here. Now the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band commander, “I can’t guarantee I’m going to excel,” he said, “but IKeillor will become the newest associate conductor of the guarantee I’ll do the things that have made me successful toband in June. His main duties will be serving as officer this point. Whether I’m at Fort Benning or the Army Band,in charge of the Army Blues, a jazz ensemble, and for that doesn’t change the way I’m going to do my job. MyDownrange, a 10-person rock band, though he’ll also be job here will not change until the day I have my change ofcalled upon to conduct the ceremonial and concert bands command ceremony in late April. We’re going to go after it,as needed. and we’re going to keep doing our mission, and we’re going “I’m really excited,” he said. “I already know I have the to do it to the best of our ability.”best job in the Army. It’s music — whether it’s music here While his role here and his anticipated position with theat Fort Benning or it’s music out on the White House lawn. Army Band are very different, Keillor said both ultimatelyI’m quite humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of come down to inspiring Americans — and everyone who(the Army Band). It means a lot to me.” hears the music — with the best the Army has to offer. Keillor was one of three warrant officers who made it to “We have an opportunity to serve our country, but wethe final stage of the selection process: an audition Oct. 12 have an opportunity to play music,” he Fort Myer, Va. “That’s the mission of Army bands: to promote patriotism. “It’s the only job I’ve had to interview for in the Army,” In Iraq, we played for our troops; that was my focus. (Here),he said. we have the opportunity as a band program for people The process, he said, was rigorous. The three bandmasters to see Soldiers in a different light. Sometimes it may behad to prepare scores, critique the rock band, listen to the the only connection they get with a Soldier. We have anjazz band to find mistakes intentionally thrown in, narrate opportunity to go into a community and play music anda full show and conduct the concert band. instill patriotism and show them that we can have a good “If nothing else, just having the opportunity to conduct time doing what we’re doing. And that’s pretty cool.”that band was pretty remarkable,” Keillor said. “That’s a Though Keillor said he wishes he could have stayed on70-piece concert band, and you’re talking the best musicians Hagin Photography post longer, he is looking forward to the stability of a longerin the Army. It was amazing just to see the way they respond Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jeremiah Keillor, the MCoE bandmaster, will assignment and the educational and historic sites that relinquish command in April to join the U.S. Army Band next every nuance. You can have so much fun conducting the proliferate in the capital and enjoying the music while you are directing such After the interview that afternoon, the winner was He and his Family leave the Fort Benning area in May toa fine ensemble.” announced. Keillor said it’s the teachers and NCOs who’ve begin the process of relocating to Fort Myer. His replacement, A French horn player by trade, Keillor said working with shown him how to improve over the years who have made Chief Warrant Officer 1 Brian Raya, currently the executivethe jazz band challenged him the most, but he’s already the difference in his career. Commanding the MCoE Band officer of the 323rd Army Band at Fort Sam Houston, Texas,looking at ways to increase his familiarity with the genre. for the last 15 months was helpful, too, he said. is scheduled to arrive on post in early April.
  4. 4. A4 H DECEMBER 5, 2012 H THE BAYONET NEWS & FEATURES An M1A2 Main Battle Tank fires at a target during Saweyan Shield, a defensive live fire exercise, at the Udairi Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Nov. 28. Saweyan is the Arabic word for “together.” Soldiers assigned to 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, have been conducting partnership training with Kuwaiti Land Forces since deploying to Kuwait nearly six months ago, building upon the military ties between Kuwait and the U.S. photos by Sgt. Christopher JohnstonUS, Kuwaitis conduct defensive exercise ‘Together’By Sgt. Christopher Johnston M1A2 tanks, and Kuwaiti M-84 tanks, for reinforcement.3rd ABCT Public Affairs Bigham said the greatest part of the exercise was by working together, training and rehearsing as one team, CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Soldiers assigned to they were able to operate as a single entity to maneuver andCompany B and Company C, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry destroy the targets effectively.Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Baker Team, maintaining spacing and maximizingDivision, and Kuwaiti soldiers assigned to the 15th Mubarak frontal coverage, moved forward within two kilometers ofBrigade conducted Saweyan Shield, a live fire exercise, at the targets before laying down suppressive fire. Baker Teamthe Udairi Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, then continued to the forward line of troops and eliminatedNov. 28. the targets. Saweyan is the Arabic word for “together” or “unity”. Bigham said their partnership with the 15th Mubarak The soldiers from both brigades have been training Brigade allowed soldiers on both sides to get to know eachtogether for several weeks, beginning with basic skills such other on a more personal level enabling them to growas land navigation and first aid, then progressing to more tactically to become stronger military allies.complex skills such as urban operations. Lt. Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, Third Army/ARCENT “It is great to have the opportunity to work with them,” commanding general, Maj. Gen. Gary H. Cheek, ThirdCapt. Donald Bigham, Company B commander, 1-15 IN Army/ARCENT deputy commanding general, Col. Johnnie Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks, Third Army/ARCENT commanding general,said of the Kuwaitis. “They are very experienced soldiers, receives a gift from Staff Col. Bassel Ahmed Al-Suwaidi, 15th Mubarak L. Johnson Jr., 3rd ABCT commander, and Staff Col. Basselthey are very good tactically, and they have good weapon Brigade commander, after observing Saweyan Shield. Ahmed Al-Suwaidi, 15th Mubarak Brigade commandersystems that allow them to do their mission.” were on hand to observe the event. The live-fire exercise began with more than a dozen “This is how they fight, this is what they train for,” said “When we talk about partnership in the future, thisKuwaiti M-84 tanks and four Bradley Fighting Vehicles in Maj. Joe Ruzicka, operations officer for 1-15 IN. “What we is how I envision it,” said Ruzicka. “Whenever we do aa defensive position. Kuwaiti F-18 Hornets then initiated saw today was that they are truly capable of defending their training event here in Kuwait we should have the Kuwaiticontact with targets using close air support strikes followed country if need be.” Land Forces here with us and vice versa, so we can reallyby Kuwaiti AH-64 Apache helicopters providing close The main element of the defensive position made a call to build upon what we have established here and take it to thecombat attacks. Baker Team, comprised of U.S. Bradley Fighting Vehicles, next step.” Airborne all the way photos by Ashley Cross Left: Command Sgt. Maj. James Carabello, Maneuver Center of Excellence command sergeant major, pins Airborne wings on his aide, Staff Sgt. Christie Krueger, Friday after jumping into an Airborne School graduation. Krueger was part of Class 05-13, A Company. “I am extremely proud of her,” Carabello said. “This is something she didn’t have to do. She came to me and expressed an interest in Airborne School. She wanted the challenge and I gave her a shot at the title. She accepted the challenge. She did it all on her own and I am very proud of her.” Just as Carabello’s black hat instructor had done many years ago for him, the command sergeant major had the graduation date inscribed on the back of Krueger’s wings. Carabello jumped in tandem with the Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration Team to kick off the graduation. Above: A change of responsibility ceremony was held on Eubanks Field Friday in conjunction with the graduation. Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Spano, outgoing command sergeant major of 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, ceded responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Leeworthy.Snipers From A1 It was the first year they could have competed: Holland graduated from Sniper School a year ago while Odom made it 1.5 seconds to place two shots in the spinal column or we will work with them all day to train them and get them to this standardjust second nature for me to watch my body through the course in February. — 1.51 seconds or a quarter inch miss isposition, my breathing, sight alignment. As recent graduates, Holland said their unacceptable. We’re emphasizing the skillsAnd it’s the same thing I teach to a private success in the competition reflects their the trainees will need in combat to stop theon Sand Hill.” instructors’ skill in teaching. enemy in his tracks.” While many of the 36 teams prepared “Some of the teams had been sniping 30 Odom said he told his trainees about themonths in advance for the competition, years, and then you get a guy you trained for competition to highlight how what he wasOdom and Holland were busy fulfilling five weeks (who is) able to compete at that teaching them mattered — that “I wasn’ttheir mission in the brigade. Odom, a drill same level — it really shows what they’re just making it up.”sergeant since May 2011, was instructing teaching,” he said. “It seems like every private that qualifiestrainees on everything from basic rifle To prepare for the competition, the with an M4 wants to be a sniper,” he said.marksmanship to urban operations. NCOs practiced sniping at the American “That’s one of the first questions they’ll askHolland, who recently transitioned from International Marksmanship Academy you ... ‘Sergeant, how can I get to Sniperdrill sergeant duty, was helping rewrite two hours south of Columbus in Blakely, School?’ They get excited when somethingthe battalion’s marksmanship program. Ga. They used the facility free of charge for Physical fitness is of one of the five tenets of like this happens. (They think), ‘If drillWith two days of practice and borrowed two days. Shortly before the competition, Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness. Leader sergeant can do it, then I can do it.’”equipment, the team still was able to place they borrowed rifles, a spotting scope and development is one of Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster’s Besides benefiting their Soldiers,second in the service class, the category for priorities for the Maneuver Center of Excellence. ammunition from post units. When it came participating in the competition gave thethose using standard issue weapons. to tripods, night optics, thermal vision and charged it,” Holland said. sniper duo insight into ways to improve “We are sniper-qualified drill sergeants other equipment, they did without. Nevertheless, both are proud of their their shooting along with broader lessonsnot currently in sniper positions, and we “We actually found out we were in the achievement. In particular, doing well in the learned.proved we can still stand toe-to-toe with competition before we found weapons,” competition added validity to the battalion’s “Anyone that’s training for anything canthe best in the world,” said Holland, who Holland said. “You’ve got the best teams marksmanship program for trainees, which take something away from what we figuredalso placed first for Fort Benning in the from all over the world and we had a team has recently been revamped to focus on out,” he said. “Get out of your comfort zone2012 MCoE Combat Rifles Championships. we threw together. To go and beat teams both speed and accuracy under pressure, — which is what they made us do. If you“When we go to shooting competitions, it that literally represented an entire country Holland said. can think your way through what’s goingis always our fellow drill sergeants from ... is something to be proud of.” “Our battalion commander trusts us and on, you have a better chance.”our battalion who give us the greatest The pair led the service class at the end of allows for our input into our battalion’s It’s advice both Odom and Holland cancompetition. We have also proven that our the third day, but the final event, a one-shot marksmanship strategy,” he said. “We no take with them as they head to U.S. Armybattalion has some of the best shooters in challenge with a 10-second time limit to hit longer ask trainees to turn left and shoot Small Arms Championship in January.the world training our future Soldiers.” a 500-meter or 800-meter target, made the a torso. We now use shot timers to create They will be competing on a four-man Both Soldiers said the sniper competition difference. realistic shooting scenarios that reflect real- team, including two more cadre from theirwas a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance for them. “My rifle didn’t pick up a round when I world experiences. We tell them they have battalion.
  5. 5. THE BAYONET H DECEMBER 5, 2012 H A5 NEWS & FEATURES98th Training Division changes commandBy Sue Ulibarri from the Reserve Officer Training CorpsManeuver Center of Excellence PAO at the University of Delaware; she is a Distinguished Military Graduate and a Col. Michaelene Kloster assumed graduate of the Combined Arms and Servicescommand of the 98th Training Division Staff School; the U.S. Army Command andfrom Brig. Gen. Dwayne Edwards during a General Staff College and the U. S. Armychange of command ceremony at Soldiers War College. She holds a Bachelor of ArtsField adjacent to the National Infantry from the University of Delaware, a MasterMuseum, Dec. 1. of Science in Management and a doctorate The 98th Training Division recently in Business Administration. Her previousmoved from Rochester, N.Y., to Fort Benning assignment was as the commander of thein July 2012, and exercises command and 1st Mobilization Support Group at Fortcontrol of four brigades located throughout Totten, N.Y.12 states in the eastern U.S. as well as Puerto Outgoing commander Brig. Gen. DwayneRico. R. Edwards’ new assignment is as the A U.S. Army Reserve unit, its primary deputy commanding general for the 99thmission is to train Soldiers in basic combat Regional Support Command, Fort Dix,, advanced individual training, Edwards served as the commander of thenoncommissioned officer and officer 98th Training Division since June 4, 2010professional development courses, Reserve and began his career by enlisting in theOfficer Training Corps instruction and Arkansas Army National Guard in station unit training in Engineer and Edwards is a graduate of the InfantryInfantry specialties. Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Kloster said her success as a leader was a Ashley Cross Psychological Operations Officer Course,direct result of the Soldiers she has served Col. Michaelene Kloster assumes command of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training) from Brig. Gen. Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Dwayne Edwards Saturday at Soldiers Field at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.with. U.S. Army Command and General Staff “I want thank everyone here today, from Soldiers whom I have had the opportunity possible,” she said. College and the U.S. Army War College,those who have served as mentors, guiding to serve with and reach this point—without Kloster began her military career in June from which he earned a master’s degree inme along to this path; and the many great your support today would not have been 1984, commissioned as a second lieutenant Strategic Studies.Memorial From A1Rosenberg, the guest speaker and Italian Memorial Dayfrom the German Consulate here in the U.S. is a furtherGeneral in Atlanta. “Fort representation of unityBenning is one of many between partner nations.places where the Americans “It’s not just for Italiansseeded cooperation and and Germans,” he said.friendship instead of hate. “This is also the occasion toIn 1945, shortly after the commemorate all soldiersend of World War II, you who died for their nationtreated your prisoners of and the soldiers who arewar well. And it was a grand currently defending ourgesture of generosity and of freedom. We must not lose Cheryl Rodewigreconciliation to lay the 44 hope for a better world, Lt. Col. Ulderico Ricci, left, the post Italian liaison officer, salutes after laying a memorial wreath at the grave of an Italian prison of war.German and seven Italian and we must believe in theprisoners of war to rest here human being. Today is a German Infantry liaison post here, we’re able to feel it Ashley Crossat Fort Benning together testament that something Keynote speaker Karola Rosenberg, left, and Lt. Col. Frank Schuster, the officer, said that in light of every day. That’s friendship. German Infantry liaison officer, lay a wreath on a German grave.with your own fallen can change. Americans, history, it was “wonderful” And it’s really good.”Soldiers.” Germans and Italians — to see Fort Benning celebrate Rosenberg said the I am personally thankful,” and a day of remembering. Lt. Col. Ulderico Ricci, one time enemies — are German and Italian friendship is a fruit of the she said. “So let us hope and This day is also a day toItalian liaison officer to commemorating this day Memorial Day, evidence generosity represented pray for the safe return of remember this friendship,Fort Benning, said his together. If we don’t believe of friendly relationships in burying the foreign all soldiers fighting at this a day to have confidence incountry’s holiday is “a in this, all the sacrifices will between the countries. POWs here on post and moment in crisis areas all the future, a day of optimismnational date of unity,” and have been in vain.” “Not just allies but maintaining their graves. over the world. This day is and of pride in what we havehe believes that German Lt. Col. Frank Schuster, friends,” he said. “Living on “And for this friendship, not only a day of morning accomplished together.”
  6. 6. A6 H DECEMBER 5, 2012 H THE BAYONET NEWS & FEATURESRecon are used — self-assessment, peer assessment, The cadre assessment and performance rubric, Department From A1 Martin said. This style of evaluation holds of each student accountable to themselves and Defense’s The first phase uses classroom drug-instruction, simulations like Virtual Battle to the Soldiers they are training and serve testingSpace Trainer and a field training exercise with. program isto teach the Soldiers how to recognize the Phase 3 includes more simulated training expandingeffects of terrain features, evaluate routes and a field exercise in squad-level operations, to addand obstacles. Martin said. The difference is the students screening “The (course) uses outcomes and work without the instructors’ direction. for twoperformance measures to evaluate its Blackjack is the course’s final exercise additional — the culmination of all the skills taught, prescriptionstudents. This is what sets the course apart drugs tofrom all other military courses,” said Sgt. Martin said. Students coordinate with the range1st Class Jared Martin, the ARC teach chief. Blackhawk pilots on Fort Benning to insert of legalThe course recognizes that many skills and them onto one of the various landing and illegalsituations have more than one acceptable zones. drugs thatway of solving the problem. “The students will struggle with time it currently “The course design links each day to the and space during this operation,” he said., like a building block of instructions. Operating as a reconnaissance platoon fromStudents are accountable for retaining the either an IBCT or SBCT, they will conductknowledge they received on the previous this operation both as a mounted platoondays, as they will have to continue to and dismounted squad.demonstrate the skills they have been taught “Once each platoon has reached a certainin the context of a reconnaissance mission,” portion of this operation, they will beMartin said. removed from the field and placed into Phase 2, or “Operation Goldeneye,” builds simulation to finish out the exercise,” Martinon the Soldiers’ reconnaissance tactics, said. While gathering relevant intelligence,Martin said. the Soldiers are primarily focused on “In phase two, they come together as a security operations to include air ground J.D. Leipoldsquad and operate as a section in either an integration.Infantry brigade combat team or a Stryker “The leaders that come from the Armybrigade combat team,” Martin said. During Operation Goldeneye, theobjective is to reconnoiter effectively into Reconnaissance Course leave here with an unprecedented amount of knowledge,” Biggs said. “The cadre that we have here are Prescription drugs From A1an urban area. Using one of two different professionals, top tier individuals, and that, assistant, clinical pharmacist and nurse multimodal alternatives to treat pain.reconnaissance techniques, students will coupled with the learning methodology care coordinator. This team will provide “Our goal is to reduce the reliance onmaintain covert operations and avoid that they use, will create better, adaptive current practice updates and assistance opiod medications used to treat acutedetection from enemy threats or the students Soldiers, leaders and thinkers.” to the to the hospital’s primary care and chronic pain by making adjunctivewill conduct overt reconnaissance and carry The ARC focuses on the mastery of physicians on alternative methods of therapies available to that populationout their mission without concealment, reconnaissance skills and the development treatment available for patients who suffer of patients who don’t require invasiveMartin said. of the leader attributes of adaptability, with chronic pain, said Lt. Col. Craig procedures and is open and willing to try The Army Reconnaissance Course anticipation, critical thinking, deliberate Paige, the team’s chief. alternative methods,” Paige said. “Many ofincorporates the student-centric teaching thought, and risk management, Martin Alternative treatments for pain include the chronic pain patients we’ve seen to datemethod and adaptive Soldier leader said. massage therapy, reiki, acupuncture, tai don’t want more drugs to treat their This method of training represents “The lessons these future platoon chi, chiropractic and there will be aquatics They’ve been very receptive to alternativeone of Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster’s priorities leaders and platoon sergeants learn will therapy when the new hospital opens, methods to help them feel better.”for the Maneuver Center of Excellence — stay with them as they move through their said Terry Beckwith, the hospital’s public For more information, patients shouldleader development. career incorporating the same learning affairs officer. talk with their primary care provider. The ARC uses a 360-degree assessment methodologies and skills they learned at the This holistic approach, she said, will Editor’s Note: This is the second articletool. There are four assessment forms that ARC,” Martin said. involve the patient’s family and introduce in a series on prescription drugs. Christian Service CharitiesChristian charities you know and trust8001 Braddock Road, Suite 310 Springfield, VA 22151 • 888-728-2762 • a CFC participant Provided as a public service.