exercise brigade


ExHamel16 - “Battle for Iron Knob”

Photos by: CPL Dan Pinhorn and ABIS Chris Beerens, Iron Knob, SA.

The Australian Army soldiers from 1st Brigade put their skills to the test practising combined-arms operations within a complex and multi-national environment as part of Exercise Hamel 2016, being conducted in South Australia from 26 June to 14 July.

As the penultimate training activity, 1st Brigade conducted an urban clearance of a defensive position based at Iron Knob, a small steel community based on the outskirts of the Cultana training area.

M1A1 Abrams tanks provided support by fire to allow a ground assault and clearance of the town by dismounted infantry and mechanised vehicles. Extensive planning and coordination went into the activity to ensure the cooperation and safety of the local civilian population.

Conventional and asymmetric tactics were adopted by 7th Brigade soldiers playing the role of the enemy in order to test 1st Brigade within a complex setting similar to that encountered in modern warfare.

Army uses the ‘Road to Hamel’ to build up its next ready brigade and Exercise Hamel is the final test. This year, 1st Brigade is being put through its paces to ensure it is ready to support operational contingencies ranging from humanitarian assistance through to major combat operations.


#soldierporn’s Military Muscle Recognition Review.

The MRAP Original.

Mine-protected, ambush-protected vehicles sit on Forward Operating Base Tagab in Kapisa province. [For size reference, the foreground is an original MRAP vehicle, the background vehicle is a MATV. -R]

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Claire Baker, 18 MAR 2013 @ FOB Tagab, Kapisa, Afghanistan.)

The M-ATV (MRAP ATV): Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicle.

A new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, built specifically for the mountainous Afghan terrain, parks on the flight line after arriving by air transport. The initial eight vehicles, the first M-ATVs designated for Southern Afghanistan, will be used to train drivers and mechanics from units selected to receive M-ATVs.

(Photo by Specialist Elisebet Freeburg, 22 OCT 2009 @ Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.)

The MASV: Military Armored Security Vehicle. 

[L] Soldiers of Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, wait to fire their Armored Security Vehicles’ .50 caliber machine guns and MK 19 grenade launchers Feb. 4 at Range 5 here. The range was part of Exercise Raider Focus, the brigade’s month-long training exercise designed to challenge the ability of leaders and soldiers to conduct full spectrum operations as a combined arms team.

(Photo by Specialist Reece Von Rogatsz, 4 FEB 2012 @ Yakima Training Center, WA.)

[R] Military policemen with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, begin mounting the platoon’s new M1117 Armored Security Vehicles during a MK-19 grenade machine gun range here. The unit is one of two on JBLM with the vehicle. 

(Photo by Specialist Kimberly Hackbarth, 4 APR 2011 @ JBLM, WA.)

The Stryker Original.

An Army Stryker from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gets ready for a mission after refueling at Forward Operating Base Sparta. The Stryker unit from the “Arctic Wolves” Brigade made the nearly 400-mile trip from Fort Wainwright in support of a nine-day field training exercise for their sister brigade, the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne).

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Smith, 20 JAN 2014 @ JBER, Alaska.)

Stranger Danger: Name That Beast.

[When compared against the others, it becomes readily apparent that what the Combat Camera in Afghanistan labeled a “Stryker” vehicle was in actuality a modified MASV with a turret nest to protect the gunner. Apologies for any confusion – I did spend a few hours thinking the Stryker Brigades had been augmenting with steroids. -R]


3 BDE CATA and Exercise Southern Jackeroo 2015

The Brigade has recently completed this years Combined Arms Training Activity (CATA), which is the 3 BDE’s annual principle foundation war fighting exercise. It is designed to develop, confirm, and evaluate the foundation war fighting skills of 3 BDE and to maintain the high standards and professionalism expected of 3 BDE soldiers.

This year, the 3 BDE CATA was held in conjunction with Exercise Southern Jackaroo 15 (EXSJ15), which is a tri-lateral training event. EX SJ15 will involve military assets from 3 BDE units along with international engagement from the United Sates Army Pacific (USAPAC), United Sates Marine Corps (USMC) and the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF).

The Exercise was an excellent success. It enabled the Brigade to train in Combined arms as a formed Combat Brigade.

From the Brigade Commander:

“3 BDE is at the forefront of force modernisation programs that will transform both Army and the Australian Defence Force into far more potent, versatile and relevant military forces. 3 BDE has seen the arrival of 2 CAV and will soon have tanks, 3 BDE is a Combat Brigade. Combined arms capability is the hub of a Combat Brigade. CATA brings these skills to practice and hones the capability of this BDE.”

“The ability to work with regional and coalition partners is essential for the modern military operating environment and Exercise Southern Jackeroo is an excellent opportunity for Army’s 3rd Brigade and more specifically the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian regiment to gain exposure to and understand how different militaries operate.”


The Reconnaissance Company of the 401th Armored Brigade has the special task of scouting enemy territory to determine if tank crews can enter the field. Last week, the company’s new recruits finished their training with a big exercise that included navigation, mountain climbing, and a final dash into the sea. 

“I wanted to recruit to the army because I feel that being a soldier and protecting the State of Israel is more important than going to college right now,” explained Sgt. Levy, a new immigrant from North Carolina. “I decided that before I do something for myself, I need to do something for my country.”

anonymous asked:

How do I get the arms of Jennifer????????? she practices which exercise?

Someone in the fandom once suggested:

This is a hard arm workout but I am telling you it is so worth it. I suggest doing this 3 times a week.


Also Jen herself made a few tweets about her workout:

Tbh, it takes a lot of dedication and willpower to stick to such a strict fitness regime. :O But then again there’s that saying - “No Pain, No Gain” (i.e. you gotta make some sacrifices if you want an amazing body like JMo’s).

Since 1973, units of the Netherlands Marine Corps have formed part of the British 3 Commando Brigade during exercises and real conflict situations. Also, the 7th SBS NL troop will be placed under UK operational command as part of C Squadron, UK Special Boat Service. Together, these form the UK/NL Landing Force.