Servicemembers from both the Army and Air Force worked together to simulate how they would effectively communicate in the field of fire during the Vulcan Fire Support Coordination Exercise at Fort Bragg, July 29.
The week-long exercise, which consisted of Air Force and Army operability, gave servicemembers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the M142 high mobility artillery rocket system, a multiple rocket launcher.
Also, the exercise gave servicemembers a firsthand feel on how to work with another branch of service to accomplish a mission.
“This training gives us a better feel on how we can work together,” said Capt. Gary Over, 682nd Air Support Operation Center. “We need to have operability between forces because that’s how we fight. We are going to work with the Army, from
air to ground, because that’s how we operate” Over, who said that this was his first time conducting this type of training on Fort Bragg but not the first time Fort Bragg has been involved with this type of exercise, stressed that the importance and effectiveness of the exercise is key to mission success.
“The importance of this training is immeasurable,” Over said. “There is no way to compare. The Army is great at what they do on the ground and we’re (Air Force) good at what we do in the air.”
Capt. Adam Buchanan, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Bn., 27 th Field Artillery Regiment said he, also feels that the operability between forces is essential.
“Everybody knows the importance of what we do,” Buchanan said. “Timely and accurate fires are what we always shoot for. The only way
we can achieve that goal is by working together and putting ourselves in a stressful environment to test our technical and tactical ability, and that is exactly what we’re doing in this training.”
By building cohesion between various branches, it allows the military to fight in multiple platforms and set themselves up for success, Buchanan said.
Both services benefit from this type of exercise and training together prepares them to be excellent in the field of fire.
“We need to continue to do these trainings,” Over said. “We’ve got a good group of people from both branches of service who have been working together, and the communication flow has been excellent.”
This training is essential because it provides servicemembers the ability to not only build morale between forces, but also aids the military to further protect lives downrange, Over said.