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Strykers at the office


 An M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System, assigned to Comanche Company, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, performs movement to contact training at the Hohenfels Training Area while conducting company external evaluations on April 25, 2012. Company evaluations are the next step in accessing the company's troop leading procedures and abilities to perform combined arms maneuvers as the Regiment prepares for Full Spectrum Training Exercises in fall.


U.S. Army soldiers from 3rd Squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment fire their moblie gun system during training with coalition forces on the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Dec. 8, 2011.

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 Interesting they chained only the 2nd wheel.
 
 Probably only chained one axle because thye training evaluation criteria stated: "Demonstrate profiiency applying tire chains to road wheels" and the evaluator stopped them after one set and said, "looks good to me, let's move on to thenext eval item."  Everybody is pressed for time and if they can do one set quickly and correctly, why waste the time doing all of them?"
 
Lawn chairs lashed up on the starboard quarter of the one firing seem a bit out of place.
 
 J(NTA) - hey, when you sailors "go to the field" you essentially go in an RV.  We ground-pounders have to improvise, adapt, and overcome.
 
Is this the Grafenwoehr as in "If you thing it's cold here, you should see Grafenwoehr," someone told me about in Dugway when it was 18 degrees out at 0-dark (in November, as I recall)?
 
That would be the one.  One of those places where you could be hip-deep in snow, knee-deep in mud, choking on dust while blinking at the sun during the rainstorm in the fog.
 
 Are those Full spectrum exercises the ones which used to be called Busy Brewer (the USAF designation, anyway)? I did Busy Brewer '82 for 5 weeks.  Four of the 22d Bomb Wing's B52Ds deployed to RAF Marham for the exercise. I was Deployed Staff Radar Navigator, and staff aide to the Deployed Commander. Coincidentally, the Brits were just sailing their Task Force for the Falklands to take the Islands back from the Argies, and when our big black bombers showed up at Marham, the Brit press put 2 + 2 together and came up with 5, assuming that we were "loaning" those BUFFs to the RAF for a long-range mission to put the main runway at the Falklands out of action so the Argies couldn't resupply using heavy aircraft. It was humorous, but we were told NOT to dispel the rumor as we made our way though the towns and villages and their pubs, crawling with war correspondents. The Brits used the MSM's idiotic conclusion to their advantage.
 
The Armorer's comment at 9:15 reminds me of some of those books by "Victor Suvorov",  as in, kids, you have no idea how nasty it was in the Spetsnaz!

No, I kid! (somewhat).  I do believe that nasty training really does build character. However, were I to attempt such at my age, I would be very dead very shortly.
 
 JTG - that wasn't much of an exaggeration.  In early spring, it would be muddy, snow would fall, mixed with rain, while the fog rolled by and the sun shone wanly through... and a tank battalion passing on the tank trail could raise dust by the time the last M60 waddled by....
 
P.s. My former next-door neighbor actually jumped with some Spetsnaz guys on his Russian vacation, from a real AN-2 biplane. He was, of course, treated as the most junior person in the plane, and got to play wind dummy, and be the butt of crude jokes, even though he was paying handsomely for the ride. He is a retired Ordnance Major.

He took it all in stride, as just boys being boys, and they all drank together afterwards, a bit more than he wanted to, actually, but he had to uphold the honor of the US Army, you know.