Capas, Tarlac- The Philippine Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), conducted a thirteen-day Combined Arms Training Exercise (CATEX) to sustain the war fighting competencies of soldiers held at Fort Ramon Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija which ended on March 29, 2017.
Three hundred eighty-nine (389), officers and six hundred eighteen (618), enlisted personnel who are students of different career courses from various schools under TRADOC took part the CATEX. In addition, 161 Candidate Soldiers from 7th Division Training School, 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army also participated the exercise.
TRADOC has institutionalized the said exercise as part of the curriculum for all officers and enlisted personnel career courses as the Philippine Army capacitates soldiers to operate in a joint inter-agency, inter-governmental and multi-national environment.
The exercise includes military operation in urban terrain; battle drills and situational exercises; field training exercises; live fire exercises of 105 howitzers and mortars; and command post exercise. Philippine Navy students also took their part in the exercise while the Philippine Air Force performed close air support, troops insertion and casualty evacuation exercises.
TRADOC Commander Brig. Gen. Casiano C. Monilla congratulated the exercise directorate and participants for a job well done. He emphasized the significance of interoperability and soldier’s competency in combined arms operations.
“As maneuver leaders, you should be able to integrate capabilities from other AFP branches into operations”, Brig. Gen. Monilla said.
Brig. Gen. Monilla commended the officers and men of TRADOC, concerned schools and units such as Combat Arms School; Combat Support School; Combat Service Support School; Army Leadership Development Center; The Armor School; The Intelligence School; and Tactical Operations Group 3, Philippine Air Force for their active involvement throughout the CATEX.
The CATEX is in compliance with the directive of higher headquarters geared to infuse in each and every participant realistic scenarios measuring their preparedness facing real life combat.
(Photo credits: Pfc Donato)