Ranger Competition Prepares American, German Soldiers for Deployments
Witherspoon, Derrick, Army Reserve Magazine
BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Training Soldiers to be mission capable during operations such as Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom is essential, and finding inventive and interesting ways to conduct that training may he difficult at times. One Army Reserve unit located in Germany found a way to incorporate both by combining training with a competition known as the Mosby Ranger Competition.
The joint competition, named after GEN John S. Mosby, a former confederate Army general and one of the first noted rangers, is an international competition between U.S. Army Reserve units from the 7th Army Reserve Command and German Reserve units from the German Reserve Association. The competition, held at Smith Barracks in Baumholder, is designed to help foster camaraderie between U.S. and German Soldiers and help them enhance their technical and tactical skills.
During the three-day competition, teams of five battle to earn the highest amount of points to win the prestigious Mosby trophy. They compete in a number of basic Soldier skills events such as weapons and hand grenade qualification and familiarization; weapons assembly and disassembly of the M9 pistol, M16 rifle and M249 squad automatic weapon; land navigation; and many other Soldier skills needed to excel and survive during military operations. One of the events allowed Soldiers to perform military operations on urban terrain (MOUT) as they traveled through a mock Iraqi village filled with artificial improvised explosive devises, pretend enemy forces and Iraqi civilian role-players.
CPT Ryan D. Bromenschenkel, 313th Rear Operations Center (ROC), who is in charge of the Mosby Ranger Competition, said he wanted the contest to allow Soldiers to get back to training on their basic Soldier skills.
"The whole competition is based on basic infantryman's skills," said Bromenschenkel. '"That's the most important thing in today's Army, because everyone is a specialist in something, but when it comes down to it, the task Soldiers performed in this competition are basic Soldier skills that every Soldier needs to become proficient at."
Bromenschenkel said the competition helps Soldiers polish their infantry skills while at the same time allowing them to have fun and build morale in a competitive environment.
"Morale is a big issue, especially with today's OP-THMPO," said Bromenschenkel. "With great morale comes motivation and when you're motivated you can do anything, and I think that's the biggest part in any outstanding unit or team. If Soldiers have that sense of motivation and purpose, they can move mountains."
Bromenschenkel said he also wanted the competition to help Soldiers foster an ongoing relationship with their German counterparts.
"I want them to learn as much as they can from the German Soldiers because they have a different way of doing things too, and that is essential, especially in USAREUR (U.S. Army Europe) because of the amount of contact we have with foreign militaries," said Bromenschenkel. "When you go on missions or deploy to support operations these days, it's not just U.S. forces you're dealing with or working side-by-side with."
1LT Johannes Niklas, officer in charge of the German Reserve Association team, reiterated the same thoughts as Bromenschenkel. "It's essential that Soldiers understand the importance of international partnerships, especially with the international working relationships that take place on the battlefields of today," Niklas said. …