Mortarmen prepare for bilateral exercise at Rising Thunder

This video highlights the preparation that took place for HHC, 2-130th Infantry mortars to participate in Rising Thunder 19. Rising Thunder is an annual exercise joining the U.S. Army and the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) and is part of Pacific Pathways 19-3. Rising Thunder 2019 is also a United States Army Pacific-sponsored capstone event featuring U.S. Army units from the 7th Infantry Division and the Illinois Army National Guard’s 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 108th Sustainment Brigade. The exercise includes company/platoon unilateral and bilateral training events in two phases, culminating with a bilateral live-fire exercise. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Sgt. Jeffrey Daniel)

Interview:
Sgt. Gilberto Cerna | Gun chief | Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2-130th Infantry Brigade

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Transcript

Take it on two.

Fire!

Today we are (explosion) shooting off 81 millimeter mortar rounds, we are training our FTC personnel on plotting board. This is their first time doing it live and they did really well today.

(inaudible shouting)

This year we had increased MUTA’s which means we had our longer weekends, that aren’t your standard Saturday, Sunday as most traditional units.

Going up!

We have more field training, we’re out longer in the field. This rising thunder training period we have two personnel here, that it’s their first time out in the field.

Fire! (explosion)

They were out here having a great time. We love training and this is a great experience for all of us including our new soldiers.

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