Radio Reconnaissance Platoon

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    and eliminate certain Air Force requirements. Ft. Huachuca was the site for the original course and provides better terrain to conduct realistic tactical operations compared to Goodfellow Air Force Base. Goodfellow could also potentially support the course and eliminate the need to move Soldiers one more time prior to arriving at their first duty assignment. Goodfellow also has the cadre already available to support the course. The course would require minimal cadre to operate. Seven NCOs; all with tactical Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) experience could man two classes per month of 10 to 20 Soldiers. It would be more effective to have Soldiers focus most of the course on skills such as tactical movement, site selection and line of sight, radio wave theory and tactical reporting. Focusing too much time on equipment would not be as beneficial because the equipment Soldiers use at specific units could vary based on what the units have available. A generalized teaching of standard equipment would be effective and could reduce course length and budget requirements. Soldiers can then learn specific operational equipment at their units upon arrival and since general operation procedures change very little across equipment platforms they would require minimal time to become proficient. Setting up such a course would require money, which poses a problem due to the fiscal situation. However, one option to offset cost is the elimination of the waste of government funds in the form of…

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    Symbolism In Soldier X

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    Soldier X’s main character is Erik Brandt. Erik is a German soldier, but he is half Russian. He enlisted into the German army. He is sent to Russia. He travels by train. Then he gets on a truck, that is in a convoy. The convoy is attacked by Russian fighter planes. He pulled a bullet out of Hals Kessler. They quickly became friends. They then head off to the front lines, where they go in a bunker. They learn that people die often there. They learn the Russians will attack soon after Erik helps…

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    Mid Fall 2012 The plane ride here was a long one. The droning engines of the C-17 went on for hours and pierced through my earplugs. I could only feel overwhelmed and excited by what was happening. I was finally getting sent overseas after four long years of basic training. A few nervous thoughts had passed my mind about what could happen, but was soon drowned out by the engines. The passenger section of the C-17 was nothing like a civilian aircraft. A few rows of seats with our gear packed in…

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    Professor Ortiz, I am currently an E-6 staff sergeant, E-6 is the pay grade and staff sergeant is the Rank. I am going to be promoted to E-7 sergeant first class with in the next few months. Becoming an E-8 Master Sergeant is a goal I set early in my career. As an E-8, you can be in many different positions such as a first sergeant. There are many rewarding benefits, such as More Money, More Responsibility, and fewer people giving you orders. What I truly find rewarding is that as an E-8…

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    change in O’Brien’s book was called Rat Kiley. The platoon of soldiers went through numerous changes, especially Kiley. Rat Kiley was very vital part of their platoon. First of all, he carried a satchel filled with morphine and plasma and malaria tablets and surgical tape and comic books. Being the medic, he had to carry all those things, among various other things that medics carried. He also carried M&M’s for especially bad wounds, his satchel totalling out to 20 pounds. He was also known to…

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    He is a great base of knowledge for the infantry branch and despite his initial attitude, he really wants to better the Army anyway he can; including talking to cadets about the Army. With this in mind, my next question to Sergeant Houle was, what is the best recommendation that you could give to a cadet who is about to commission as an infantry officer? His answer was to not "come in all headstrong". To elaborate, he hit again on the fact that the majority of people in the unit that I will…

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    As a leader you have to be able to turn that leader switch on and off. Everyone wants to be a leader and voice their opinions but no one wants to step back and be the little average Joe. What I’ve learned by that is to take that step back and observe how the planning is being done. There was certain technique that was used by other cadets that I found helpful and I could use myself. While at the same time not to be hesitant to voice my own opinion and plan because my plan just might be what the…

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    Combat Support Function

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    structured with cooks and distribution platoon arriving on the advance party and the mechanics trailing a few weeks behind. BN Leadership allowed us to integrate as needed, which proved to be invaluable by allowing my senior platoon sergeants to push the BN with equipment, feeding and logistical needs. Over the next week, it became evident that the BN Commander relied too heavily on our company. Our required training moved quickly to support Alpha thru Delta Company METLs and became over…

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    merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honest). An important aspect of this definition is that honesty is not just being truthful, but being free of deceit. You could lose more respect from your subordinates by being truthful and deceitful than being solely untruthful. As I learned at cadet troop leadership training, soldiers can easily identify deceit. The platoon leader I followed was extremely honest with his soldiers. If he messed up, he admitted to it. However, another platoon leader in the company…

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    within our new Area of Operation (AO). It was during my Platoon’s execution of this mission at an unavoidably predictable location that the enemy in our AO cashed in their vote with catastrophic results. In living my “worst case scenario,” I would have to blindly depend on our collective planning and preparation, my training and instincts, and an ability to operate despite temporary but complete loss of outcome control. We had just under a month in theater and the same amount of time with a…

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