‘Iron Soldiers’ conducted gunnery qualification at Dona Ana Range Complex
The U.S. Army has announced that the Iron Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division conducted a Table XVIII gunnery training event May 7 as a measure to qualify their field artillery, or large-caliber guns, capabilities.
According to a news release, Table XVIII is a battalion-level qualification event where a field artillery battalion conducts tasks including suppressive fire and time on target missions in order to ensure they remain an agile and lethal fighting force.
“Table XVIII is a battalion-level qualification where a field artillery battalion conducts different field artillery tasks,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Minton, the senior enlisted advisor for 4-27 FA. “These tasks include suppressive fire and time on targets as we execute Table XVIII.”
Suppressive fire is a field artillery task which is designed to limit the effectiveness of an enemy, while time on target refers to the coordinated effort of many artillery fires to hit a singular designated target at the same time.
The Table XVIII gunnery tests 4-27 FA’s ability to accurately fire multiple M109A6 Paladin howitzer self-propelled guns to best provide accurate and precise artillery support while mirroring the stress of real-world combat scenarios preparing the battalion for combat operations.
“All of 4-27 FA’s batteries come together to complete this collective task as a battalion,” said Minton. “We provide accurate, timely and lethal directional support for artillery firers in support of combined arms and 2ABCT.”
The Table XVIII qualification mission is the culminating event of training and preparation, which began in December 2018, to test and qualifying the combat capabilities of 2ABCT.
“We’ve been training since December to train and complete each gunnery table,” said Minton. “We are doing this to prepare for training exercises Iron Focus 19.1 and for a rotation to the National Training Center (NTC).”
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