Soldiers validate gear during live-fire
Sgt. Vincent Byrd,
2nd BCT, 1st AD Public Affairs:
DOÑA ANA, N.M. – Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, conducted squad live-fire training while integrating the Nett Warrior system Aug. 22 in preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Evaluation 13.1.
The Nett Warrior is a handheld communications device that includes a radio, helmet-mounted display and a hand-held data input device similar to a smartphone. The device, which gives Soldiers and leaders increased situational awareness on the battlefield, uses the Improved Outer Tactical Vest by running the system’s wires through it.
“It’s good training,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Jones, a platoon sergeant with the battalion’s B Company. “The week before this was classroom work, particularly learning the numerous changes and updates that have been made to the system.”
The brigade’s mission is to train and test new Army concepts and develop plans for the next generation of combat weapons and technologies. Training events such as the squad live-fire allow the equipment to be validated before its rigorous evaluation during NIE 13.1, which is scheduled for this fall.
“In conjunction with the training, we learn how to implement this system with our standard operating procedure,” said Jones.
With the exponential progression of technology and its increasingly valuable uses on and off the battlefield, training such as this is invaluable, ensuring the readiness of units such as 2nd BCT throughout the Army.
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