FORT IRWIN, Calif.—Hunting the enemy through the arid wadis of the Mojave Desert, Cpt. Patrick Merriss realized he was fighting a different kind of war than he and his young troopers had ever experienced when they faced their foe. The enemy was an organized army in armored vehicles and they were as technologically cunning and mechanically lethal as Merriss’ soldiers were.
“It was pretty surprising and exciting,” said Merriss, commander of Delta Company, 1-12 Cavalry, a tank company with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. “It was definitely a new concept for us, maneuvering our units over open terrain, using all of our weapon systems against the enemy.”
This is decisive action training and it’s the future of Army operations. During their 30-day rotation at Southern California’s National Training Center (NTC), 3rd Brigade soldiers, or the Greywolves as they call themselves, were riding the pulse of it.
Esli and his battalion aren’t mentioned, but here’s a nice little blurb about his BCT’s rotation through NTC.
Sadly, the final line of the story- ‘“You can’t put a price on the experience,” Merriss said.’- isn’t quite true. You can put a price on it, and due the the upcoming sequestration and the continuing resolution, it’s a price the Army can’t pay for other BCTs that need training.