FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – Artillerymen are often called upon in dire combat situations. On Thursday, WNCN got an inside look at a special training.
The Battalion Artillery Readiness test is all about timing, collaboration and strategy. It’s the first time in a decade such training has occurred.
WNCN first witnessed a fire mission, where artillerymen fire several rounds through an M119A3 cannon, shooting nearly 12 miles.
1LT. Alyssa Caylor, a Fire Direction Officer said “what we’ll do is lay the cannons in one direction and if we get a call, we gotta be able to shoot those guns in that other direction quickly.”
WNCN crews also viewed a battalion mass fire, where 18 guns firing at the same time, hit one location.
Many soldiers say the training is stressful, both physically and emotionally. Commanders say it’s suppose to be so the soldiers are combat ready.
Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Luedtke said “most of them are sleeping maybe an hour here or an hour there, 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there.”
Command Sgt. Major Frank Luedtke says it’s about going back to the basics and also ensuring generations to come are trained appropriately.
Sgt. Michael Davis said “”whenever you get use to it and use to it and use to it, we can pretty much run on nothing and still be accurate.”
Nearly 400 Fort Bragg artillerymen participated in the 8 day Battalion Artillery Readiness Test.
In two weeks, they will travel to Germany for more training.