As part of their 2023 annual training, the 35th Infantry Division Fires Team visited Fort Riley June 10 to engage in a comprehensive training exercise with the 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, focusing on both manual and digital Call for Fire procedures. Instructors also included Soldiers from the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 134th Cavalry Squadron and 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
The members of the 35th ID Fires Team were Maj. William Chuber, Capt. Thomas Herron, Sgt. Tyler Martin, Spc. Matthew Pollock, and Pfc. Logan Crotts.
“It was great to see artillerymen from multiple units and states coming together to support each other’s training,” said Chuber, deputy fire support officer, 35th ID Fires Team.
Joint training fosters cohesion and strengthens the Army of tomorrow. The intensive joint training enhanced the Soldiers' technical expertise and forged lasting bonds of camaraderie and mutual respect.
“It was really refreshing to see the forward observer part of the entire artillery operation,” said Pollock, advanced field artillery tactical data system sergeant. “The Nebraska Soldiers were very courteous to us and answered our questions to the best of their ability.”
The Soldiers of the 1-161st FA provided the division team with refresher training, covering a wide range of critical topics, ensuring that the Soldiers of the 35th ID were well-equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to operate effectively in the field. During their visit, the division Soldiers witnessed a live-fire exercise conducted by the 1-161st FA. This demonstration showcased the skills and capabilities of the battalion's Soldiers and provided valuable insights into the practical application of their training.
"I think one of the unique qualities of the Guard is how different states provide different elements and skills to one field artillery battalion,” said Herron, fire support officer. “The forward observers were from the Nebraska Guard, and flawlessly worked with the Kansas Soldiers and battalion. This showcases the ability of Guardsmen to function like their active-duty counterparts and provide further lethality to the Army as a whole."