US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
When the (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided missile) system goes down, a lot of times Soldiers have to rely on the (M136) AT4 to be their secondary or back-up anti-tank weapon,” said 1st Sgt. Anthony Dimico, senior enlisted advisor, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt.
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Pfc. Joel Lomas, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon alongside Spc. Dakota Kohlhof, Paratrooper, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., during anti-tank training with Polish allies assigned to the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 1 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Pfc. Joel Lomas, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon alongside Spc. Dakota Kohlhof, Paratrooper, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., during anti-tank training with Polish allies assigned to the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Pfc. Travis Vandenberg, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, looks through the optics mounted on a Polish Rocket-Propelled Grenade anti-tank weapon while Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, loads a RPG during combined live-fire training at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 2 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Pfc. Travis Vandenberg, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, looks through the optics mounted on a Polish Rocket-Propelled Grenade anti-tank weapon while Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, loads a RPG during combined live-fire training at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Tamaricus Tanner, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 3 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Tamaricus Tanner, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Jacob Quitugua, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, holds an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher while Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, describes the proper sight picture of the weapon during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 4 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Jacob Quitugua, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, holds an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher while Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, describes the proper sight picture of the weapon during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Jacob Quitugua, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, tests the optics on an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher during anti-tank in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns.  The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 5 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Jacob Quitugua, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, tests the optics on an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher during anti-tank in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, demonstrates the firing position of the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher to paratroopers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 6 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, demonstrates the firing position of the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher to paratroopers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Joseph Mahler, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, acquires his target and prepares to fire 9mm tracer rounds from an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon alongside Spc. Jacquez Jones, Paratrooper, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., during anti-tank training with Polish allies from the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, in Studnica, Poland Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
7 photos: US, Polish forces Conduct anti-tank cross-training
Photo 7 of 7: DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Joseph Mahler, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, acquires his target and prepares to fire 9mm tracer rounds from an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon alongside Spc. Jacquez Jones, Paratrooper, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., during anti-tank training with Polish allies from the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, in Studnica, Poland Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released) Download full-resolution version
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Pfc. Joel Lomas, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon alongside Spc. Dakota Kohlhof, Paratrooper, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., during anti-tank training with Polish allies assigned to the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Pfc. Travis Vandenberg, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, looks through the optics mounted on a Polish Rocket-Propelled Grenade anti-tank weapon while Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, loads a RPG during combined live-fire training at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Tamaricus Tanner, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fires an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Jacob Quitugua, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, holds an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher while Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, describes the proper sight picture of the weapon during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Jacob Quitugua, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, tests the optics on an RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher during anti-tank in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns.  The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Polish Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, demonstrates the firing position of the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher to paratroopers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during anti-tank training in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016. The training provided both U.S. and Polish forces cross training on the M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon and the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)
DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland – Spc. Joseph Mahler, Paratrooper, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, acquires his target and prepares to fire 9mm tracer rounds from an M136 AT4 anti-tank weapon alongside Spc. Jacquez Jones, Paratrooper, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., during anti-tank training with Polish allies from the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, in Studnica, Poland Oct. 29, 2016. Paratroopers were able to hone their marksmanship skills with the AT4 anti-tank weapon, RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher, M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns. The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lauren Harrah/Released)

Clasping the grip in his left hand, the Paratrooper purposefully positioned the RPG-7D Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher over his right shoulder. An anti-tank grenade was loaded into the weapon. He peered down the scope and acquired his target, a tank approximately 150 meters downrange. 

This was the sight for Paratroopers assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, who had the opportunity to fire an RPG during live-fire anti-tank training alongside Polish allies from the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, at Studnica Range in Studnica, Poland, Oct. 29, 2016.

“When the (Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided missile) system goes down, a lot of times Soldiers have to rely on the (M136) AT4 to be their secondary or back-up anti-tank weapon,” said 1st Sgt. Anthony Dimico, senior enlisted advisor, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt. “We are trying to build proficiency today, hitting the targets with our secondary weapon system and at the same time gaining familiarity with the RPG system that the Polish use.”

The “Sky Soldiers” of D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt., are on a training rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve, a U.S. led effort in Eastern Europe that demonstrates U.S. commitment to the collective security of NATO and dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region.

Partner nation training of this kind is about more than just the Atlantic Resolve training mission, Dimico explained. 

“The RPG is widely used across the battlefield,” Dimico said. “So you might come across it or find yourself in a situation where you need to use that weapon system. The more familiar our Soldiers become with that weapon system, the better off we will be.”

In addition to establishing weapon familiarity, the paratroopers were also able to share tactics and training methods.

With just a few years of experience in the Polish army, Pvt. Paweł Tylek, paratrooper, 16th Polish Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, expressed his eagerness to learn how the U.S. Paratroopers train and share that knowledge among his peers.

“I think it’s good because we are allies,” Tylek said. “We can exchange experience and try each other’s weapons. It’s something we can use in the future.”

The Paratroopers also conducted live-fire training on the M320 grenade launcher and .50-caliber machine guns.

Dimico said the first step toward making sure the paratroopers are prepared to execute collective tasks as a platoon or company-sized element was to make sure they were proficient at individual tasks first.

“A range like this is the foundation and stepping stone to get up to that next level,” said Spc. Christian Shroyer, infantryman, D Co., 2nd Bn., 503rd Inf. Regt.

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