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        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.


      • #144603

          :good: :good:

        • #144621

            thank you for the write-up and your help throughout the week. Good AAR! :good:

          • #144640

              @LittleBigBill yes sir! Enjoyed working with you as well!

            • #144641

                This was a great week of training!

              • #144682


                  I hope the world holds together long enough to do it again!… (and again, and again…)

                  • This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Lloyd.

                  MVT Texas 2015-2020
                  Team Cowbell / Team Coyote / Team Rekkr

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