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June 20, 2022

Georgia ANG soldiers take part in platoon live-fire exercises

The 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment personnel displayed skills using M224 60mm and M120 120mm mortar systems.

Soldiers assigned to Georgia Army National Guard’s (ANG) 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, have successfully conducted platoon live-fire exercises.

The training was carried out as part of the Exportable Combat Training Capability (xCTC) exercise at Fort Stewart. xCTC consists of several live-fire events such as squad, platoon, and battery-sized artillery and rockets.   

During the exercise, personnel from the 1-121st Infantry Regiment used M224 60mm and M120 120mm mortar systems to train on indirect fire support and achieve platoon readiness.

Nearly 4,400 brigade personnel, including those from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Alpha Company, and Charlie Company, were part of the exercise.

1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment Headquarters and Headquarters Company indirect fire infantryman sergeant Jacob Brown said: “We’re giving our infantry counterparts a taste of the indirect fire support that’s available to them.

“We’re supporting the platoon live-fire with immediate target suppression, using our 120mm mortar system.”

A US Army National Guard programme of record, the exercise is aimed at training and keeping brigade combat teams battle-ready.

The precision mortars used by the US Army have seen several modifications and upgrades since they were first used by Ottomans in 1453. 

According to sergeant 1st class Aaron Arthur, soldiers underwent training on the individual level first, and then at team and squad levels.

He added that platoon live-fire exercises mark the conclusion of all previous training.

In June 2021, Georgia ANG soldiers participated in night-time, multinational, live-fire training along with the Moroccan infantry.

The training was conducted as part of exercise African Lion.

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