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.
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