Soldiers assigned to 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division worked with Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 80th Airmobile Brigade of the Ukrainian Army on suppressive fire using BTR and Humvee armored vehicles, Nov. 18, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center.
This platoon-level training is one of the collective tasks that the Ukrainian battalion must accomplish during their 55-day rotation with the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.
According to Staff. Sgt. Gregory Goodrich, a platoon sergeant assigned to 6-8 CAV, the training begins with the first vehicle pulling up to the objective, laying down a base of fire, then the vehicle will cease-fire while the other two vehicles maneuver to the next position. The vehicles will continue to maneuver forward until they reach the objective. Once the vehicles reach the objective, Ukrainian Soldiers will dismount, enter a building and proceed to clear it. The vehicles will continue to provide support by fire while the building is being cleared.
Soldiers of 6-8 CAV are currently responsible for training Ukrainian ground forces as part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine. JMTG-U is training Ukrainian land forces and building a team of Ukrainian cadre who will ultimately assume that responsibility. The training is designed to reinforce defensive skills of the Ukrainian Ground Forces in order to increase their capacity for self-defense.