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@IDNationalGuard unit conducts first major Abrams drill since '04

@IDNationalGuard unit conducts first major Abrams drill since '04

BOISE, Idaho - The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team's 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion (AR) completed gunnery training March 16 to 23 at the Orchard Combat Training Center. The training marked the first time the unit completed platoon-level training requirements for the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank since 2004. The unit, headquartered in Caldwell with units in Boise, Emmett and Nampa, transitioned from an armor reconnaissance squadron to a combined arms battalion in 2016. The change brought the M1A2 back into the unit's equipment set and changed the mission of the unit's M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles. "The M1A2 is an amazing beast," said Maj. Jason Gracida, the 2-116th CAB commander. "The ability to hit a target out to 3,000 meters makes you feel something." Reorganization Gracida was a platoon leader for A Company, 2-116th CAB the last time the unit qualified on the Abrams ...

Full article: http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1494371/idaho-g...

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