US Army’s 3-61 CAV and 3-126 AVN units begin gunnery training

13 August 2018 (Last Updated August 13th, 2018 11:53)

The Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) has hosted aerial and ground gunnery training by two units under the command of the US Army Europe at the Krivolak Training Area (KTA).

US Army’s 3-61 CAV and 3-126 AVN units begin gunnery training
Cavalry Scouts fire an AT-4 rocket at Krivolak Training Area. Credit: Sgt. Casey Hustin.

The Army of the Republic of Macedonia (ARM) has hosted aerial and ground gunnery training by two units under the command of the US Army Europe at the Krivolak Training Area (KTA).

The training involved the participation of more than 100 soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, (3-61 CAV) based in Fort Carson, Colorado, and more than 20 soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, (3-126 AVN) of the Massachusetts Army National Guard in Boston, Massachusetts.

3-61 CAV operations officer major Isaac Howard said: “KTA absolutely contributes to the training’s effectiveness because of the breadth of activities that units may conduct.

“KTA absolutely contributes to the training’s effectiveness because of the breadth of activities that units may conduct.”

“Many ranges are restrictive in the types of exercises in which units participate. Krivolak’s possibilities encompass a very wide pallet. We have the ability to integrate multiple vehicles, indirect fire, and joint air and ground coordination. The sheer size of KTA and its separation from major population centres provides opportunities for very effective training.”

According to Office of Defense Cooperation US Embassy, Skopje, Macedonia bilateral affairs officer captain Patrick E. Enriquez, the 3-61 CAV and 3-126 AVN are the first US Army units to carry out gunnery on this scale at Krivolak.

Howard added: “Live-fire gunneries ensure that requisite combat skills remain sharp. Gunnery exercises, like the one we are conducting at KTA, keep forces in the highest state of readiness because they test soldiers’ and crews’ ability to put rounds on target, prioritise threats, shift between multiple targets, and coordinate within their sections to ensure proper fire distribution.”

The aerial and ground gunnery training is slated to conclude in late August this year.