Saturday, April 29, 2006

Post 2127 at the Glendale Carnival

Here are the pictures of the troops doing guard duty, directing traffic, and helping with set up at the Glendale highschool carnival....











Past Event

Military explorers will be conducting two events in the near future. The first is assisting Glendale high school with a carnival on Saturday, April 29th. For this event Explorers will be assisting with parking, set up, and cleaning. Explorers who are attending this event will be expected to be in full uniform, and act in a diciplined manner, as they will be representing post 2127. Explorers will arive at Glendale highschool and report to Mr. Mike Lopez at 1000 AM. Final clean up should end about 1800 (6 PM).
The other event is a 10 Mile adventure hike
scheduled for Saturday, May 6. The 10 mile hike is part of our work up to the Summer Bivuac. A permission Slip with directions and a gear list has been provided to the explorers on Wednesday April 26. Lunch will be provided to Explorers in the form of 1 MRE (Military Style Meal Ready to Eat). This hike Will start at the trail head for the Beaudry loop at 0700 hours and will last until 1200. Explorers should arrive no sooner than 0645 AM and no later than 0700, as we are stepping off at 0710. Permission slips should be signed and turned in no later than our next explorer meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd.
Full gear hikes help the explorers in building endurance, and also cover topics such as troop formations and Procedures in a field environment. There is no additional cost for this hike.
Any additional questions for either event can be emailed to Lt. Col. Brown at caldernide98@yahoo.com, or Explorers can ask questions at the next troop function.

Weapons Safety/ Carries

Last Wednesday we covered the topic of weapons carries and safety procedures. Military Explorers do not use live ammunition or weapons, but we currently have four airsoft rifles for our use, and when handling these weapons, we must handle them in a military manner. Our airsoft rifles are modeled after the M16 A4 rifle currently in use by all military branches. We carry these rifles on guard duty, hikes, and bivouacs, and may only do so after learning the proper way to handle them.
Weapons safety Rules
-Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
Even when using airsoft rifles, we must treat it as if it were a deadly weapon. We do this so that we do not become careless.
-Never point a weapon at any thing you do not intend to shoot.
Our rifles are not to be treated as toys. When on guard duty we do not point our rifles at any other explorer, because we do not intend to harm other explorers.
-Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
When we practice with our air soft rifles we do not touch the trigger unless we are sure the rifle is pointed in a safe direction. This prevents us from firing the weapon inadvertently which could cause harm to other explorers.
-Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire.
Safe mode on the weapons selector switch is the mode in which the weapon will not fire. This is also to prevent a negligent discharge of our weapon.
Weapons Carries
-Alert (to the dirt)
The Alert carry is used most commonly on patrols and hikes. In this carry the muzzle (Barrel) is facing down towards the ground.
-Tactical
This carry is also used when on patrol, when contact with opposition forces is less imminent . The Barrel faces up from the body at a 45 degree angle.
-Ready
In this carry the rifle is pointed straight in front of the carrier, in a position ready to fire. This carry is when contact is imminent, and is remembered by the saying Eye, Muzzle, Target.

Marines giving back

Every once in a while the explorers get a treat in the form of active duty service members, some who are prior explorers, who assist in our troop meetings. A couple of our regulars are Sgt. Cox and PFC Ariza.
Sgt. Cox is the local area recruiter, an infantry Marine, and the leader of the USMC Poolie Program. Poolie functions are held on Saturday and cover topics such as Drill, Physical fitness, and Marine Corps history. These functions are primarily for Civilians who are getting ready to go to Marine Corps bootcamp, but any explorer is able to attend without a commitment to military service.
PFC Ariza is a former Military Explorers member; our old company gunny (Gunnery sergeant). Ariza joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school and is currently training to become an aircraft mechanic.
Drill is taken very seriously in the Military Explorers, and besides Physical fitness, is considered very important and prestigious. Basic drill builds discipline, immediate and willing obedience to orders, and shows pride in the unit when marching in a military manner. Troop 2127 presents their drill skills in events such as the Montrose Christmas parade, where troop drill is viewed by hundreds of people. Basic drill is something that should be practiced on a daily basis for constant
improvement. One of the standards for promotion to any rank is to know basic drill movements, and to execute the movements with confidence.













Military Patrolling

This is a quick recap on the military patrolling class.

For pre-patrol remember the accronym METTSL also known as the patrol warning order. The warning order is given in this order to alert the troops conducting the patrol to the general details of the patrol.
Mission

Enemy
Terrain/Troops
Time available

Space
Logistics

There are 3 types of patrols: Combat, Security, and Reconnaissance

-Combat patrols have the purpose of initiating contact with the enemy.
-Security patrols are to provide security of points of interest and assistance to incoming patrols.
-Reconnaissance
patrols are to provide information to higher headquarters and to avoid contact.
Remember in reconnaissance patrols the acronym SALUTE. SALUTE is the information about the opposing force that will be relayed to higher headquarters. This information will be useful in
monitering enemy movements, equipment, and intentions.
Size
Activity

Location
Unit/ uniform
Time
Equipment

Also remember patrol formations.

Column
Wedge

V
Line

Echelon Right (reverse for Left)
On line

Items to remember for Patroling:

Camoflauge- Look for and reduce Shine, Shadow, and unnatural looking outline on your person. Your uniform should match your surroundings in color and texture.
Noise Dicipline- Always use maximum noise dicipline while moving and make sure all your gear is secured and canteens filled to reduce unnecesary noise.

Light dicipline- Use red lenses in flashlights (moon beams) because they are less noticable and do not reduce your night vision as white light does.
Objective rally points- Be sure to set up areas where troops can meet up before and after contact is made. This is the place where troops can find other patrol members when split up.
Distance- Be sure to use a safe distance from other patrol members during the patrol.
15 meters is the general rule.

Words to remember:

AO area of operation
CP command post
LP/OP listening post/ observation post
CLICK one Kilometer
GRID one square kilometer

PB patrol base
FRAGO fragmented order

OPPLAN operation plan
SOP standard operating procedure
ORP objective rally point
Immediate action drills SOP's for actions during patrols (Ambushes, call for fire, Radio goes down, injured persons)


Some pictures of explorers in action..... and another former explorer turned Marine!








Beaudry Loop Hike

Some time in the month of May post 2127 will be conducting a troop hike. The troop hikes help explorers build endurance and stamina, along with minor instruction in military field procedures. The six mile course is part of a work up towards the troops summer bivuac and is located approximately 4 miles from Glendale high school, behind the Oakmont Country club. Explorers will be provided with a permission slip 1 week prior, signed and dated by the CO and XO of troop 2127, which will include a gear list and detailed maps. The dates will be decided on in April, and another posting will discuss the time and date of the hike. The maps below are general information on the hike starting point.

Glendale Explorers Troop 2127

Military explorers is a boy scout troop dedicated to studying all aspects of military life. Some of the topics covered are Military dicipline, drill, physical fitness, customs and courtesies, leadership, the importance of school work, and military history.

Our Troop Motto at 2127 is Honor, Courage , and Education. The top priority for our explorers is to do well in school. Explorers are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while in this unit, whether at home, school, work, or at a troop meeting. If Explorers have home work to do, it is expected to be done at the troop meeting before involving themselves in the evenings training events.

Troop 2127 meets on Wednesday nights from 6pm to 9 pm (1800-2100)

Scroll up for updates regarding events, gear lists, and contact info.

Military Explorers Troop 2127 is run by former Marines and adults, all who are volunteers and productive members of society.

Commanding Officer: Colonel Foster
-USMC 1980-1986
-Teacher at glendale highschool's construction academy
-CPR and first aid certified














Executive officer/ Medic: Lt. Colonel Brown
-USMC 1997-2001
-Security Supervisor
-Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) certified















Female explorer issues/ Medical: Major Traci Foster
-Licenced Vocational Nurse Certified
-Teacher, nurse, and Physical education instructor
Operations, Administration, Logistics: Major
Zacarias
-Backstock/ supplies
-CPR Certified




















Female issues, Administration: Captain Anashe Varoujan

-Educational assistant GUSD
-CPR/ First aid Qualified
Platoon Commander: Captain Estey
-Medical Billing
-CPR/ First aid certified