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Posted: August 31, 2017 11:42 a.m.
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“Can Do” Battalion conducts Missilepalooza

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Soldiers of 3-15 Inf. fire a Javelin anti-tank missile during training Aug. 23, at Fort Stewart. The Javelin is capable of defeating modern tanks by attacking from above.

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Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduced training on a Javelin anti-tank missile launcher on Aug. 22, at Fort Stewart.

The Javelin weapons system is a medium anti-tank, portable missile launcher that uses a tandem-shaped charge penetrator to defeat armored threats.

“Soldiers have to be able to take this high-end weapon system and put it in action under stress,” said Sgt. Dean Frymyer, an infantryman with Company C, 3-15 Inf.

Frymyer, a graduate of the Javelin gunnery course, was on site to certify Soldiers on the weapon system.

“During combat, we can't just sit on top of a hill and launch off a rocket and call it a day," said Frymyer. "We must tactically maneuver into a fighting position without being seen. That's why this training is important."

Before conducting live fire with the Javelin, the Soldiers received instruction in the classroom and trained at the electronic skills trainer. Then they learned how to move tactically to a fighting position, while notionally avoiding an armored enemy.

“All of our materials pull from the heavy weapons leaders course, and the Javelin gunnery course,” said Staff Sgt. Ty Zehner, an infantryman with 3-15 Inf. “We discussed the launch, tube assembly, firing the round, and carrying techniques. The Soldiers were also tested on everything they learned during the training to ensure performance measures were met.”

 

After the Soldiers complete Javelin training, they can attend the heavy weapons leaders course at Fort Benning, to certify as trainers for future javelin certification courses.


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