By Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield | 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Throughout the Army, Soldiers train in tactical and technical skills to enhance their lethality to have the ability to fight, win and survive any obstacle put in front of them.
The “Lethal Warriors” of Chosen and Apache companies, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were able to enhance their skills by partnering with Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Colorado National Guard, and 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Dec. 9-12, 2019, at Fort Carson.
“We hope the Soldiers of Chosen and Apache company were able to learn something from the training,” said 1st Lt. Brendan Quigley, explosive ordnance officer with 242nd Explosive Ordnance Battalion, 71st EOD. “We enjoy coming out to training events with different units and showing Soldiers new methods of looking for explosive devices that could — in the future — save lives.”
The purpose of the training was to plan and execute a full mission profile (FMP). An FMP is a thorough plan of an upcoming mission which includes a range of details from personnel, equipment to patrolling procedures in order to successfully complete the mission.
“Our Soldiers played two different roles in the training,” said Capt. Eric Birr, commander, Chosen Company, 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT. “Half of our Soldiers provided uplift, also called embedded infantry, and the other half acted the part of the host nation force.”
Soldiers with 5th Bn., 19th SFG(A), went over room clearing procedures, patrolling and urban tactics with 2nd IBCT before the last day — when they had to put everything to the test.
“I think this type of training is great because Soldiers get to see how different organizations have different standard operating procedures, tactics, techniques and procedures,” Birr said. “Aside from the 19th SFG(A) Soldiers, we had some EOD support and they were able to teach our guys how to find other entry ways besides doors and how to sweep and check doorways.”
However, as the company commander, Birr said the best part of the training was that it offered the 2nd ICBT Soldiers an opportunity to ask questions to the members of a different organizations.
“I think it’s good for Soldiers, especially younger Soldiers, to see how things operate in the different types of units and organizations,” said Birr. “I hope this opportunity also helps motivate some of these young leaders and Soldiers to go on and do greater things in their careers.”