EAG Tactical CQB Operations:
Wx: Went from good to suck quickly and back again.
Background: I’m a sworn officer with Alliance PD and been on the team since 2005.
Equipment: 11.5 inch barrel Bushmaster (that’s right, I should mention it is an issued rifle), M2 Aimpoint, and an EAG Fury. I can’t complain though, the rifle worked flawlessly. Armor carrier is an Eagle Ciras (land version) and it is covered in required equipment. Nothing fancy helmet other than it is high cut.
Class: Nothing reinforces your TTP’s better than going up against a guy that can shoot back. And it is definitely a humbling experience to go against the Yeti and Joe Weyer. Give them an opportunity and they got you! We also learned some new things to incorporate in our TTP’s that we currently use.
Cone drills, cone drills, cone drills!!! Cone drills are invaluable. They allow you to practice anywhere and allow you to see mistakes quickly. Covering your area of responsibility is huge!!!! Just because shooting occurs somewhere doesn’t mean that you look that way ignoring your responsibility. That was used several times by OPFOR to sucker us and it worked. Took some time, but after you feel the pain a bit, you learn to focus on your task.
The instructor Cadre is absolutely the best. Chappy, Doc, Pat, and the large mammal! I just can’t say enough good things. It was a pleasure to be there. Learning occurred at every corner. After each run in the house, factory after people, or wherever we were, the team leaders for that run gave an AAR. This included what went well and what didn’t. Even if the run went well, there was always something that could be improved upon.
An important part of this class is the need for team leaders. As we went from 4 man teams to everyone, the need for a team leader and up to 2 assistants was introduced. The job was handed out and everyone got a turn. Not exactly my favorite part, but you do it, good or bad. This also teaches you that you must trust your team. Sometimes the guy in front has a better picture of the battle space than you and you need to shut up and let him formulate a plan to tackle the problem that lies ahead. CQB involves angles, sometimes being 10 feet back means you can’t see shit in a house and you have to let someone else get things done.
It was very impressive to see in two days that we took a group of people that never worked together and conducted a hit on a house utilizing everyone. We also incorporated an explosive breach. Doc Jones and I did the breach and the hit went very well. This caught on and Doc and I built a charge for the next class.
I’m sure I’m forgetting something here, but this class was great. Can’t wait for the next class in the coming year.