Engineer Support Area (ESA) Live Fire. (CTC Notes).
When reacting to a mounted and dismounted threat within the brigade rear boundary, units must defend their perimeter from a combination of light armored vehicles, dismounted soldiers, and aerial attacks. Units are required to analyze intelligence reports from higher headquarters, raise their readiness posture, and defend their perimeter from prepared fighting positions using individual and crew-served weapons, sector sketches, and fire control measures. As units defend their perimeter, they must evacuate casualties and conduct ammunition redistribution and resupply. This scenario gives soldiers greater confidence in their weapons proficiency and an ability to defend themselves from an attack.
Units wishing to take part in this training must meet the following requirements:
* They must request the ESA live fire in their 180-day letter to the NTC.
* Firing soldiers must have qualified on assigned weapons within 180 days of the live-fife event.
* They must complete the Dragon Team live-fire safety brief.
* Soldiers must be in flak vests and proper field uniforms.
* M2s must be screened according to the ROE, Chapter 3.
* They must complete a minimum of hasty fighting positions to standard for the firing soldiers.
* Fighting positions must have aiming stakes with methods to limit elevated fifes over 45 degrees.
This event also requires resources from the brigade rotational ammunition allocation that is equivalent to the amount of Class V supplies currently used by engineers involved in the BSA live fire.
Units should coordinate for the ESA live fire with the Sidewinder Team at Fort Irwin during the leadership training program or in the brigade 180-day letter.
The ESA live fire gives rotational units a tremendous opportunity to focus on total unit protection and provide their soldiers realistic live-fire training.
Suggested Ammunition Allocation Department of Defense iden- Number of tification Code Nomenclature Weapon Rounds (DODIC) A557 .50-caliber 4:1 (M2) M2, 300 rounds .50-caliber per M2 A059 or A064 5.56-millimeter ball M16 40 rounds per 5.56-millimeter 4:1 firing soldier A062 5.56 4:1 squad auto- SAW 200 rounds matic weapon (SAW) per SAW A131 7.62-millimeter 4:1 240B 200 rounds per 240B
POCs are MAJ Gerald O'Connor, (760) 380-7270 or DSN 470-7270, ore-mall firstname.lastname@example.org; and CPT Thomas D. Patton, (760) 380-5163 or DSN 470-5163, or e-mail email@example.com.
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|Author:||Major O'Connor, Gerald; Captain Patton, Thomas D.|
|Publication:||Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2003|
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