Student Review: Texas 2020 by Stacy
March 23, 2020 at 7:13 pm #144595MaxKeymaster
MVT TEXAS – FEBRUARY 23-29, 2020
The MVT Texas class, IMO, gets better each year and I have
been lucky enough to fall in with a great group of guys to train with. The ranch that we get to use is a beautiful
place, with a comfortable lodge to relax in after the day’s work is
through. I do believe that training
together and living together for the week brings about a lot more camaraderie
and is inductive to the team work that we are working on.
Day 1: TCCC Class
This was an optional day, but highly recommended. The course was taught by Max and another
student and was very informative and hands on.
We worked on wound packing, Tourniquets, needle decompression, working
through the whole M.A.R.C.H. algorithm.
The techniques we learned on this day were used later on in the week.
Day 2: River Assault & Rhodesian Tracking/Pursuit
The river assault started our day off by running thru some
simple four man team drills, bounding forward (shoot, move, communicate),
assaulting through etc… The Rhodesian
themed drill had us in pursuit of terrorists who hit a farm and we came into
contact with upon catching up with them. This day was good for getting the
kinks out, since most of us only get to this class once a year.
Day 3: Immediate Action Drills
The morning of day 3 we practiced react to contact, breaking
contact, bounding back, peeling, react to second contact after peeling. In the
afternoon we practiced a Rhodesian cover shoot reaction to contact, then moved
forward in pairs by pepper potting and cover shooting on the move.
Day 4: Sequenced Squad Attack
Day four had us working as a squad with three four man teams
on patrol, approx. 50 yards apart. We
ran through many iterations of this drill, with the first team coming under
contact with OPFOR (ivans) in bunkers, and teams 2 & 3 moving in a flanking
maneuver to assault the bunkers. Each
team got to rotate position in the patrol so that each one got to be team one,
team 2 and team 3 and get experience in each part of this sequenced
scenario. In the afternoon of day four
we ran a raid on a camp using a group as support by fire, then using a Polaris
Ranger, another group rolling in on a flank to assault through by bounding then
fighting through by pairs.
Day 5: Ambush Day
Ambush day is exactly like it sounds, we set up an ambush
along a trail using cover and waiting for the OPFOR (ivans and popups) to roll
through along the trail. We did many,
many iterations of this with the students getting to take turns either in the
stop groups or in the kill groups or as the squad leader. As these iterations
progressed through the day, it started getting more complex with Max throwing
in casualties as we started to exfil and come under attack by the OPFOR QRF.
This is where the skills learned on Day 1 in the TCCC class got put to
use. Casualty had to play their pre
assigned part, and had to self-aid if possible (depending on their pre assigned
injury), then once the firefight had been won, the casualty could be assessed
(M.A.R.C.H.) or moved to a more secure location
and then assessed (M.A.R.C.H.). In later scenarios we bugged out using
trucks and the Polaris Ranger and came under attack by the QRF and had to react
to contact. It was an exhausting day,
but a great learning experience.
Day 6 & 7: FOF AirSim
The AirSIm days are where the lessons learned during the
week really hit home. Going against live opponents who are also trained is a
great learning experience. On day 6, we practiced patrolling in teams then
having the teams coming into contact with each other and each team reacting to
contact. Day 7 we had OPFOR set up in bunkers or in ambush along a trail/creek
bank with the patrolling team reacting to contact. We also used the experience we had on day
four, running a raid on the camp, to set up a raid on the bunkers and assault
through their position. The AirSim days
are invaluable in my opinion.
As stated in other AAR’s, do your PT! I try to get in at least four days a week,
but even so, I was definitely sore, mainly my knees. You always come away
finding what you need to work on more! Looking forward to next year as well.
March 23, 2020 at 10:25 pm #144603wheelseeParticipant
March 24, 2020 at 5:14 am #144621LittleBigBillParticipant
thank you for the write-up and your help throughout the week. Good AAR!
March 24, 2020 at 10:38 am #144640BrushpopperParticipant
@LittleBigBill yes sir! Enjoyed working with you as well!
March 24, 2020 at 10:48 am #144641CivilianresponderParticipant
This was a great week of training!
March 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm #144682
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