Military intelligence Soldiers increase technical expertise
Military intelligence Soldiers across 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division conducted an intelligence collective training event on April 16, on Fort Stewart.
The training focused on the aerial collection capabilities across multiple echelons and unmanned aerial systems and validated the One System Remove Video Terminal system within each of the battalions. While intelligence Soldiers frequently analyze the reports from intelligence systems, they often do not get to see the collection platforms up close.
The event began with a fitness competition focusing on team building and camaraderie. Afterward, Soldiers went to Evans Army Airfield at Fort Stewart to watch the Unmanned Aerial System Platoon, Delta Company, 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion launch their Shadow UAS.
After the launch, Soldiers received a capability brief from subject matter experts on the Shadow and the Raven.
“I enjoyed the opportunity to learn about all the platforms and capabilities that you don’t normally get to see because we don’t use that specific equipment within our field,” said Pfc. Hannah Hoeft, an intelligence Soldier from Delta Company, 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd ABCT, 3rd Infantry Division.
Sgt. Terrell McCaskill, an intelligence noncommissioned officer, agreed that the event gave Soldiers valuable face time with SMEs and systems.
“I truly enjoyed getting to know my intelligence counterparts. This training allowed us to gain knowledge on the intelligence platforms available.” McCaskill said.
Additionally, the Brigade validated their organic OSRVT systems by pulling full-motion video from the Shadow flying overhead. Mr. Steven Petit, the senior OSRVT Field Service Representative, joined the Soldiers for their training and helped when necessary.
After lunch, Soldiers moved to Wright Army Airfield at Fort Stewart to receive a capability brief from the Echo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Gray Eagle team.
“Building a strong relationship between UAS units and the military intelligence community will help fill gaps and manage perceptions on how to best utilize Grey Eagle,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Miles Price, the UAS operations officer and flight operations officer in charge of the Grey Eagle team.
The training concluded with a capability brief from the Air Force ISR liaison officer team from the 15th Air Support Operations Squadron.
“I learned a lot about the importance of collaboration and training not just within the military intelligence community but also the units that support our operations. I look forward to conducting more military intelligence collective training events in the future,” said 2nd Lt. Gwen Brannigan, an intelligence officer from Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd ABCT.