Sensor and laser training increases lethality and builds cohesion

FORT BELVOIR, Va.— Over the last eight years, Program Executive Officer Soldier’s Advanced Sensor Integration Training (ASIT) Team has trained thousands of Soldiers to increase lethality, survivability and confidence on the battlefield.

As a part of Project Manager Soldier Sensors and Lasers (PM SSL), the ASIT Team offers advanced and realistic training to meet the needs of the mission while expanding Soldiers’ competencies and enhancing readiness. Soldiers learn how to operate the AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapons Sight, Enhanced Night Vision Goggle and the AN/PVS-14 Monocular Night Vision Device.

A Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, fires the M240 machine gun with the AN/PAS-13 Thermal Weapons Sight attached at Camp Swift, Texas. This training familiarizes Soldiers with PM SSL’s suite of Night Vision Devices and Thermal Weapon Sights.

 

These systems provide critical, on-the-ground direct support to U.S. Army forces by enabling Soldiers to see in all battlefield and lighting conditions. The equipment also helps Soldiers acquire objects of military significance before they are detected and accurately target potential threats.

“Our ASIT Team is comprised of previous service and special operations members who understand the importance of catering the training to help commanders accomplish every mission,” said Joe Pearson, director of Logistics Management PM SSL. “They also understand the value of gathering feedback from Soldiers to increase modernization efforts and improve future trainings and equipment.”

The team travels across the world to various Army installations 29-36 weeks out of the year to deliver the robust training program. The training lasts 4-5 days and includes: classroom instruction; practical application training during day and night; advanced situational awareness exercises using various precision targeting devices; a complete integration training using targeting devices, weapons, and the laser and sensor systems together; and a realistic scenario evaluation at the end of the course.

The team also conducts surveys during and after the training to gauge how much Soldiers have learned and gather their feedback for the future. They recently trained the Texas National Guard at Camp Swift, and the Soldiers found the instruction very valuable.

 

A Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, mounts his AN/PVS 14, monocular night vision device, in preparation for a night fire at Camp Swift, Texas. Soldiers must be able to see and hit targets when firing their weapons in all battlefield and lighting conditions.

 

“I’ve used civilian versions of night vision for hog hunting, but I’ve never used it in a military application where I actually have to be fast or proficient with it,” said Pvt. Eric Gonzalez, 3rd Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “There is a lot of equipment out there that we are expected to take into combat with us, become proficient and learn how to maintain it. This training is a great opportunity for me to gain experience and pass that onto fellow Soldiers as I grow in my career.”

Army Directives require that every time a Soldier gets behind a weapon, they should be able to engage their target by clearly seeing and hitting it in every condition. The training program and emerging technology enables PM SSL to work with leaders at all levels to make this happen.
“One of our goals is to help all Soldiers, from the lowest private up to the brigade and division command, understand what equipment they have readily available to combat peer threats in various locations all over the globe,” said Brian Martin, lead Special Operations Training Instructor, PM SSL, ASIT M4 /MG Training Team. “We are taking equipment the Army already has and showing them how to use it, so if they are called into war they will be prepared, confident and ready to fight for our nation.”

To help fill capability gaps, the ASIT Team collaborates with the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCOE) Lethality Branch in Ft. Benning, Georgia. Together, they work with unit commanders to ensure Soldiers have the right amount of equipment when they need it most. As technology advances and they make connections with commanders, they also confirm and execute the right training strategies Soldiers at all levels need to continue the Army’s dominance in unit fire and maneuver on the battlefield.

 

A trainer with the Advanced Sensor Integration Training (ASIT) team instructs a Soldier on the AN/PAS-13 during live-fire training at Camp Swift, Texas. The ASIT team trains Soldiers at military installations across the world increasing their lethality, survivability, and confidence using PM SSL’s current suite of sensor and laser systems.

 

Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier provides our Soldiers with capabilities to ensure they remain decisive and dominant throughout the full spectrum of military operations.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Alton Stewart, PEO Soldier Public Affairs Officer

(703) 704-2337

Alton.e.stewart.civ@army.mil

About Alton Stewart

Alton Stewart is the Acting Director of Public Affairs for PEO Soldier. An Army veteran of the Gulf War, he has been with PEO Soldier since 2003.