Forward observers, colloquially known as FiSTers for Fire Support Team, were in the field last week honing their skills. The soldiers must move quickly to identify targets to eliminate, allowing artillery to clear battlefields for advancing infantry.
The soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Artillery, trained with paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
The exercise involved howitzers, mortars and helicopters and was meant to simulate combat situations and prepare the force for a training rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, next month.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/forward-observer-training-helps-prepare-troops-for-combat/article_152fdb2b-ad19-5de3-9e0c-a292120b378f.html
Crews of two military planes that collided midair near Fort Bragg in December failed to complete visual scans of their flight paths and relied too much on automated anti-collision systems, according to an Air Force investigative report obtained by The Fayetteville Observer.
Crews of both planes declared emergencies after the tail of an Army Special Operations C-27J sliced through two propellers on the right wing of a C-130H that was flying above it, according to the report.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/report-cites-crews-failure-to-scan-flight-paths/article_769c2d00-7a3c-52d4-b2b9-c59f1a60b720.html
An airman has been convicted of negligent homicide and received the maximum sentence for running over a fellow airman in a Humvee during training at Fort Bragg last summer in a summary court-martial.
Staff Sgt. Gabriel A. Rosa of the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Staff Sgt. Timothy Wright. He was sentenced to a reduced rank of senior airman, forfeiture of two-thirds pay for one month and restriction to Fort Bragg for 60 days.
Rosa, 30, was charged by Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 43rd Airlift Group.
Rosa has seven days to provide the court with a request for clemency or mitigating factors that could be considered by Moss as he makes the final decision on the charge. The charge is not complete until Moss approves it.
Col. Adam Oler, summary court officer, accepted Rosa's plea before sentencing him just after 1:30 p.m.
The summary court-martial comes about a month after Col. Elizabeth Shaw, commander of the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, was relieved of command. Lt. Col. Russ Frantz, the squadron's chief nurse, is the interim commander of the unit.
Additionally, seven other people received adverse action stemming from the Air Force's investigation into the death of Wright.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/fort-bragg-airman-gets-maximum-sentence-in-fatal-training-accident/article_47269bde-209d-58ed-82ce-87c2aeb474d4.html
An airman with the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron has been charged with negligent homicide following the July death of a fellow airman during a training exercise at Fort Bragg.
Staff Sgt. Gabriel A. Rosa has been charged with negligent homicide by Col. Kenneth E. Moss, commander of the 43rd Airlift Group.
Staff Sgt. Timothy Wright, who had been posthumously promoted, had his hands and mouth bound while playing the part of hostage during the training exercise when he was accidentally run over by a Humvee on July 17, 2014.
The Air Force's investigative report, obtained by the Observer late last year, found the training during which Wright died was outside the scope of the squadron.
The report found the exercise was the result of combining two other training events despite a warning from officials with the 43rd Airlift Group Wing Inspection Team. That team set several standards for training, including one to follow the schedule specifically.
You can read the story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/military/fort-bragg-airman-faces-negligent-homicide-charge-in-july-training/article_a53204db-68da-5f65-a3c5-83167a96562d.html
On Feb. 21, 2014, the lives of soldiers assigned to 1st section, Bravo Battery, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, would irrevocably change.
The cannon crew members attempted to ram a second round of munition in the howitzer, but the first round hadn't exploded.
One soldier was killed.
Two others were severely injured.
Sgt. Cory Muzzy, one of the soldiers who rammed the second round, suffered injuries that forced the amputations of his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee. He lost much of his vision. He suffered a broken vertebrae in his neck and a broken right arm. He had bleeding on his brain.
A year after the accident, I caught up with Sgt. Muzzy and his wife Michelle to talk about his recovery.
The thing was, Muzzy was incredibly disappointed with his recovery. He still wasn't able to walk without a cane - and he hated that.
Instead of sugarcoating this story, I told it straight. I told it through Muzzy's eyes.
Michelle would later tell me that she appreciated the approach and it was one of the best stories written about her husband's road to recovery.
Fast forward to today, Muzzy is not only walking, but he received blades (like Oscar Pistorius) and is running.
I can't wait to catch up with them again and hear about his progress.
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