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Cadets learn range essentials at Call for Fire training

FORT KNOX, KY. — Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) 1st Regiment Cadets received their Call for Fire Virtual Training on June 8 at Bloedorn Hall.

 

Cdt. Ian Phifer, South Carolina State University, determines where a shooter’s coordinates should be in order to hit a given target during the call for fire brief at Cadet Leaders Course.   Photo by Kasey Ricketts

Cdt. Ian Phifer, South Carolina State University, determines where a shooter’s coordinates should be in order to hit a given target during the call for fire brief at Cadet Leaders Course.
Photo by Kasey Ricketts

“The most difficult parts of this portion of training for the Cadets is exercising their minds and problem solving within a time constraint and trying to absorb new material,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Troyn, director of Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) at Texas A&M University Kingsville.

 

Upon arrival, Cadets were dispersed into classrooms to individualize training. From there, Cadets learned the elements of the Call for Fire message. Afterwards, they used what they learned to plot points on an 8-point grid to determine the location of an enemy target.

 

“The difference is at the other shooting ranges, they are actually on the ground and in the dirt. This facility is just a simulation of being on site, and is very realistic. They do all of the things that they would do at on-the-ground weapon sites, but instead they do it within the cool confinement of the classrooms,” said Troyn.
The purpose of this training is to exercise Cadets’ critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills while teaching them the essentials before they begin to use real artillery.

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Tori McQueen

A 22-year-old senior at Ball State University from Columbus, Indiana who is interning at the Public Affairs Office for the United States Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

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