C 1-79 Week 4 Newsletter (UNCLASSIFIED)

C 1-79 Week 4 Newsletter (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Family and Friends,

Attached is the week 4 newsletter. For those who thought they missed last week, there was no week 3 newsletter, due to me being on paternity leave. Therefore, this one includes week 3 and 4.

CPT Brett Ketchum
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Dear Family Members and Friends,

Weeks three and four have come to a close and the Soldiers of Charlie Battery have completed their first phase in Basic Training. Red phase has come to an end and the Soldier move into White phase where they are extended a few more privileges. One of the changes is that the Drill Sergeants now implement student leadership. Soldiers are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by being placed in positions over their peers, which proves to be one of the more difficult leadership situation.
Most of the last two weeks have been spent in more in depth training on their individual rifles. After adjusting the sights to make sure they were aligned properly, the battery conducted ranges to enhance their shooting skills. The learned how to engage targets at different ranges, how to acquire a pop-up target and engage quickly, and how to transition from one target to the next when multiple targets appear.

With their skills acquired the Soldiers then had the opportunity to qualify with their rifle. The qualification range is a 300 meter long range with targets that pop-up between 50-300 meters. Soldiers must actively scan their lanes in order to acquire their targets, take proper aim, and accurately place a round into the target before it falls back behind it’s berm. In order to qualify Soldiers had to hit a minimum or 23 out of the 40 targets. For those who hit 30 or more they were given the honor of being Sharpshooters. For the very few who hit 36 or more they could proudly call themselves Experts with the M16/M4 rifle.

Along with shooting their rifles, the Soldiers were trained on how to use a rifle if the enemy got close enough to engage in hand to hand combat. After the basic moves were taught, the Soldiers were allowed to harness the true warrior spirit in bouts against one another using pugil sticks instead of actual rifles.

Following rifle marksmanship, the Battery conducted the first obstacle course during Basic Training. The Combat Conditioning Course is designed to allow the Soldiers to test the limits of their physical ability as they negotiate the 17 obstacles on the course. The obstacles include climbing ropes, a horizontal latter, climbing over walls, rope bridges, low crawls, and gate runs. The platoons were timed on the course and the fastest platoon time was awarded the CCC streamer.

The weeks ended with a brief introduction into Advanced Rifle Marksmanship, which will be the main focus next week. Now that the basics have been taught, the Soldier will truly learn what the M16/M4 rifle can do.


Brett Ketchum

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