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13M Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember
Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 78th Field Artillery
13M Class 08-23
This week Class 08-23 learned how to operate the Launcher System Support Device (LSSD) that allowed the Soldiers to conduct hands-on maintenance for all 13M firing platforms. Class 08-23 did a familiarization with the M270A1 MLRS. In addition, Soldiers learned about their drivers’ duties and prepared the firing platform for fire missions. Next week the Soldiers are going to learn about the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT).
This week Class 08-23 dived into the intro to Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) where they learned how to conduct maintenance. The Soldiers also learned the value of teamwork when they paired up and conducted resupply operations. In addition, Soldiers learned about their drivers’ duties and prepared the firing platform for fire missions. Next week the Soldiers are familiarizing themselves with the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicle.
This week Class 08-23 focused their efforts on learning about the Resupply Vehicle
(RSV). This Resupply Vehicle is associated with the M142 HIMARS and assists in
loading missile pods into the HIMARS. Class 08-23 worked in 2-Soldier teams to train
on how to download two pods off the resupply vehicle for the HIMARS to conduct reload
operations. Next week Class 08-23 is preparing to head out to the field to start their 72-
hour Culminating Training Exercise (CTE).
This week Class 08-23 applied everything they learned in the classroom and the
Schoolhouse environment to conduct training in a rigorous field training exercise that
lasted about 72 hours. They learned how to familiarize themselves with terrain features
and how it applied to being a 13M. After the training exercise, the Soldiers turned in
their equipment and begin preparing for graduation