By: Brooke Durbin
FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadets engaged in Call For Fire Training (CFFT) using a virtual simulator placing them in real life situations on June 14th.
“We go through a practical exercise where there’s a truck in the field, and we’ll have one of the students call up a grid. We’ll shoot a round out and pause it when it explodes. This allows Cadets to see it, spot it, determine how to adjust it and we’ll walk through that step by step. After that, it’s just targets on the screen and whoever’s the fastest gets to call up the missions. This puts pressure on them to react, learn and try to set them apart from their peers,” explained Staff Sgt. Aaron Deamron, Aurora,IN, 4th Infantry Division.
As Cadets arrived to CFFT they were split up into four classrooms where they learned the six elements of the call for fire message: objective identification, warning order, target location, target description, method of engagement and method of fire & control. They also executed how to plot points on an 8-point grid to determine the location of the enemy.
While learning how to use the virtual simulator Kelly Hogan, Warrenton, V., Cedarville University said, “Sometimes it can get a little video-gamey but
I really like it because you can find your deficiencies and really work on those points. Whereas if you’re on the range or anything where you may not understand, this gives you the chance to figure it out in a low stress demeanor.”
“I was able to learn a lot about how they accurately call on artillery which will help me because I’m trying to be combat arms. I now understand more about how different branches work together to accomplish the same mission. If I end up being in infantry, I can use that to my advantage to keep my guys out of danger in the future,” noted, Erik Trusdell, Northwood, ND, University of North Dakota.
As a result, this training allows Cadets to express critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills while learning how to target an enemy.