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Soldiers to test OPFOR in NIE 13.2

FORT BLISS, Texas — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, are preparing to conduct decisive action operations against an adaptive opposing force during Network Integration Evaluation 13.2, which starts this month.

Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, 13.2 continues the Army’s goal of connecting the Soldier to the network and will simulate the complexities of an armored brigade combat team conducting contingency operations in a forward deployed environment. Operational focus areas include extending the network to Soldiers, enhancing the common operational picture and enabling collaborative decision making through mission command on the move.

NIE is the Army’s most effective test and procurement system for networks and is critical to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s drive toward the best battlefield equipment and systems, said Lt. Col. Deanna Bague, Brigade Modernization Command.

Snap-linked to the training is the evaluation of various integrated tactical network capabilities and combat technologies such as the Nett Warrior and the Joint Battle Command —Platform.

“We must get a mission-command-on-the-move capability and soon,” said Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of TRADOC. “Mission command on the move is a central feature of any variety of contingencies we talk about. Our commanders and leaders must be able to seamlessly transition across the battlefield whether they are in a command post, platform or dismounted.”

Field artillery trains women Soldiers

FORT SILL, Okla. — The first class of female Soldiers joined A Battery, 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, to learn the 13M, Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember military occupational specialty — an MOS that was previously closed to women.

So far, it’s business as usual.

“It’s something I’ll be able to tell my grandkids someday, but at the same token, I’m still a Soldier. I’m here with my battle buddies still doing the same old thing, living another day in the Army,” said Pvt. Alexandra Seccareccio, 1-78th FA.

Women have worked with men in field artillery before, serving in supply, mechanic and communication roles, but this is the first time they’re getting their boots literally inside the doors of the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

Six combat support military occupational specialties opened up to women including three for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System and MLRS units. The MOSs are: 13M, MLRS Crewmember; 13P, MLRS Operations Fire Detection Specialist; and 13R, Field Artillery Fire Finder Radar Operator Specialist.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Reese, 13M school chief, said the instructors have done a great job integrating women into the class, and the students have shown they are qualified for the job. “For us actually here in this MOS it’s not really a big deal because we’ve been serving with females all of our careers. But, as far as society and the rest of the Army it is a big deal. It’s a landmark.”

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