29 Jun '17, 11pm

Have you ever trained on a volcano?

Have you ever trained on a volcano?

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- Say the word "Hawaii," and most people envision a relaxing environment with sparkling white beaches and crystal clear waters. For Soldiers from the maneuver elements of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, however, their recent tropical experience was starkly different than that of the typical tourist. The Soldiers traveled to the Pohakuloa Training Area on the big island of Hawaii for a fire support coordination exercise from June 24 -- 26, situated on a mile high plateau of rocky and sparse terrain between Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Hualalai volcanic mountains. The purpose of the fire support coordination exercise, also known as an FCX, was to provide realistic training, which includes support from support from mortar, artillery and helicopter gunships and maximum flexibility during the company-level maneuvers. Second ...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/190105/

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