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  1. PRIME PARATROOPER CONTEST 502nd PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT YEAR OF 2021 BACKGROUND & PURPOSE Good day Paratroopers of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, the month of December is calling! For those that have spent the past year gathering knowledge and bettering themselves in the pursuit of becoming the best Paratrooper out there: let us introduce you to the Prime Paratrooper Contest! The Prime Paratrooper Contest is an inspired mix of the expert-infantryman's badge course and the Best Ranger Competition - a mix of the skill, expertise and knowledge set required of a Paratrooper. The purpose of this contest is to build Esprit De Corps and increase the knowledge level of all Paratroopers involved. Everyone is welcome to participate - but there is only one that will come out on top. REWARD FOR PRIME PARATROOPER WINNERS The Prime Paratrooper must exceed in his skill, expertise and knowledge set that is necessary to airborne and infantry operations. In this manner, we understand its a lot of effort and time put in - and we want to recognize that! For those that participate in this contest, here is what you have to earn: Participants will receive promotion points for being in the contest, specifically two per event. There will be three events. The second place winner of the event will receive ten promotion points. The first place winner of the event will receive a $20.00 Steam Gift Card, Twenty Promotion Points, and a special Award for their uniform. This being the first paratrooper contest - you get a stake in helping us design the award if you participate! THE EVENTS As stated before, you will be required to fulfill three things: exceed in skill requirements, showcase your expertise in all weapon systems and tools utilized by paratrooper infantry, and knowledge of airborne operations. This means you will need to spend a lot of time exercising - honing your infantry skills in-game and research the tactics, techniques and procedures of the unit - and apply them fully. The rubric will be explained after the events. The events will occur in three stages: I. Infantry Skills - Expert use of Weapon Systems, Tools & Equipment - DECEMBER 4TH @7:00PM EST This event includes many infantry skills that can be easily honed with practice - attend those squad trainings and speak with your squad leader about practicing these skills. Attending Basic Combat Training as an Assistant Instructor will also help you hone these skills - speak with T/Sgt. J. Carnegie for more information about participating in these trainings. Expert Rifle Qualification - U.S Rifle, Cal. 30 M1 The Prime Paratrooper contest will start off with a rifle qualification amongst all participants - forty rounds in four stages from the M1 Garand, those that do not meet the "Expert Rifle Badge" qualification requirements (36 - 40 hits) will be disqualified from the competition. This part of the competition, you will also be tested on the types of fire employed by a rifle platoon and their purposes. This includes area fire, point fire, suppressive fire, direct fire and indirect fire. This part of the competition is about honing the skills required to operate the M1 Rifle, if you can hit a target - you can hit a Kraut. No points received for passing. Grenade Qualification - Mark II Fragmentation Grenade Following the Rifle Qualification, all Paratroopers must complete the grenade qualification competition to move forward. To pass, each paratrooper must score 6 or more hits to continue. If you fail, you will be disqualified. This part of the competition is about honing the explosive use of grenades and intuitively understanding the environment and how your grenades work with it. Expect to work with perceiving distance, depth and your grenades explosive force. Those that do not pass will be disqualified. The individual with the highest score and or determined to be the expert operator will receive two points. Anti-Tank Qualification - 2.6" Anti-Tank, M1 Bazooka All Paratroopers must complete the anti-tank qualification to move forward. To pass, each paratrooper must score five or more hits to continue. If you fail, you will be disqualified. The anti-tank capabilities of the bazooka is notorious for being hard to handle, and requiring an eye for the rockets trajectory and capabilities. As an infantryman - it is imperative you can utilize this weapon as an expert. Those that do not pass will be disqualified. The individual with the highest score and determined to be the expert operator will receive five points Grenadier Qualification - 4/5" Fragmentation, Mark II Rifle Grenade All Paratroopers must employ the M7 Grenade Launcher on the U.S Rifle, Cal. 30 M1 appropriately. This is a weapon capable of clearing dead spaces, and deadly when put into full efficiency. To pass, all individuals must score 6 or more points (out of 10). If you fail, you will be disqualified. The anti-tank capabilities of the bazooka is notorious for being hard to handle, and requiring an eye for the rockets trajectory and capabilities. As an infantryman - it is imperative you can utilize this weapon as an expert. Those that do not pass will be disqualified. The individual with the highest score and determined to be the expert operator will receive five points. Machine Gunnery Qualification - U.S Gun, Cal. 30 M1919 The final qualification of the first event - all paratroopers will operate as teams of two or three in a machine gun position. This portion will include proper terminology and employment of machine guns. The machine gun teams will be timed and critiqued on their assembly of the guns, orientation and understanding of employment. Terminology such as shifting fire, lifting fire, traversing/searching fire, the rates of fire and types of fire will be a point of critique as well. The team with the fastest assembly and most efficient employment of their machine gun - whilst utilizing all terms in the most appropriate manner will earn five points each. Following the completion of the event, those that are disqualified will be congratulated for their time spent here and expected to show up for further events to participate either as spectators. The remaining participants will be provided with documentation to study for the next event. II. Paratrooper Skills - Land Navigation, Infantry Operations, Airborne Operations - DECEMBER 11TH @7:00PM EST This event includes advanced infantry skills that require research, practice and perfection in order to pass. This event will be very hard for most paratroopers - including skills that require further training or research outside of Initial Training Courses. Land Navigation - Parachute Hunt The second event will start off with a land navigation contest. Each participant will be given a point to navigate to and dropped in random locations (measuring the same distance) from their point. Utilizing basic land navigation skills and identifying terrain features will be your primary way to victory. There will be a thirty minute time limit. If you fail, you will be disqualified. The individual that makes it to their point first will be given five points. The individual that makes it to their point second will be given three points. HOTSHOT- Any individual that wishes to earn extra points may participate without a map or compass - if they reach their point within the time limit: they will automatically receive five points, if they reach their point first they will receive TEN POINTS! Map Interpretation (Infantry Operations)- Terrain Features, Military Markers & Their Purpose Map Interpretation is important, it is the defining factor on whether or not you know where to go and what to do before and after you get there. Bar the usual tactics and procedures - understanding what they look like on a map is important for Infantry Operations. You will be expected to understand and identify terrain features, identify military map graphics (control measures AND tactical map graphics [they're in the infantry manual!]) and identify their purposes. For each terrain feature and map graphics you identify, you will recieve a point. You must reach 8 of 15 points to qualify. The individual with the highest score and or determined to be the expert will receive five points. The individual with the second highest score will receive three points. Airborne Operations In order to be a true paratrooper - you must understand what the purpose of airborne operations are, and how to conduct them. This portion will include background knowledge of airborne operations - such as the purpose of vertical envelopment. You will also conduct an airdrop with an assigned number - with the objective of completing a jump in a timely manner with no mishaps. A paradrop should be fast, professional and deadly. If any participating fails to drop appropriately, they will be disqualified. Any individual that fails to identify proper jump procedures will be disqualified. The individual determined to be the expert in airborne operations will receive five points. III. Parachute Rifle Platoon Tactics - Battle Drills, TTPs & Final - DECEMBER 18TH @7:00PM EST This event includes infantry tactics practiced on a regular basis - including basic and advanced battle drills, the tactics and techniques of the paratrooper rifle platoon, and a small final to determine the PRIME PARATROOPER!!! Battle Drills The third event will start off with battle drills. Each participant must recite the procedure and purpose of battle drills they will be partaking in (React to Direct Fire, React to Indirect Fire, Squad Attack, Knock Out a Bunker, Conduct an Ambush) - then they will be scored based off of their performance in these drills. The individual that receives the most points for their recement of procedure and purpose of battle drills will receive five points - that knowledge is important! The team that conducts the battle drills in the most effective manner will receive five points each. Tactics, Techniques & Procedures Understanding what to do when and where is important for a Parachute Rifle Platoon - the infantry manual is the prime resource for this portion of the event. Each paratrooper must explain the purpose of these tactics, how they are to be conducted appropriately - and battle plan ONE of the five scenarios. Topics will include - Clearing Buildings Procedures - Platoon Clearing Trenches Procedures - Platoon Formations & Purposes - Squad & Platoon Fire & Maneuver - Squad & Platoon Defensive Positions - Squad & Platoon The individual determined to be the expert in these topics will receive five points The individual who writes out the best battleplan and understands each topic will receive five points. (Does not stack with first) HOTSHOT - An individual may choose to battleplan TWO scenarios, but will be disqualified if they fail any one of them. If they are determined to be good battleplans, they will receive ten points. A good battleplan is characterized by utilizing all advantages at hand, denying the enemy his advantages, and accomplishing the Commanders Intent. You will be provided with a scenario and an enemy composition, and the composition of your Platoon - you will be expected to write up how you will complete the objective and draw on the map with control measures and appropriate graphics. Final - Leading a Team A paratrooper understands the purpose of the term LGOP (Little Groups of Paratroopers), but can he employ it? Each participant will be provided with a team of two individuals, and allowed to select any infantry rifle kit. They must drop and accomplish a small objective in the most efficient manner possible. Each team will be given an objective independent of each other, but will reside in the same AO. Remember - LGOPs, if you can't complete one objective... sometimes another can be. The individual determined to be the best leader, and can employ his team to match the principle of LGOP most effectively - will receive twenty points. Following the completion of this event, all points will be added up, the person with the most points will be deemed "Prime Paratrooper" and receive the awards that come with the title. THE RUBRIC The rubric is very simple, it follows a rudimentary point system based on the capability and knowledge set of each paratrooper. But, it also follows the ideals and values of a paratrooper as well. Paratroopers that have a good attitude and showcase their capability, teamwork and expertise will excel the most. As stated above in each event - you will receive a certain amount of points based on your performance (if you are not disqualified). THE RULES The rules of this event are simple - be honest, have integrity and bearing to match. Following that simple mantra will keep you afloat throughout the events, and avoid problems with adminsitration. Here is a list of all rules: During event participation at individual events, any communication of manuals or information will result in disqualification (for the participant AND the one that sends them information. Disrespecting other event participants or administration will result in immediate disqualification. Each event will have a different sub-set of rules to provide a fair playing field for participants. Failure to abide will result in disqualification. Disputing any results and/or decision of administration will result in immediate disqualification. (The rules and rubric will be made clear at each event, and each event WILL BE RECORDED.) Refusal to participate or requesting a requalification will result in immediate disqualification. You have one chance. The only exception is game errors or internet problems. And that's it. These rules will most likely be updated before the event to match the critique and concern that is appropriate for this event - please be aware and be up to date with these rules, will you be the best?
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  4. PROMOTIONS & AWARD CEREMONY - OCTOBER 31st The Secretary of the Army has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence of the following Soldiers. In view of these qualities and their dedicated service to the 101st Airborne Division they are, therefore, promoted to the rank shown. S-4 Logistics will update all requisite paperwork within 48 hours of the effective date of promotion. Soldiers must update their name on TeamSpeak 3, and Discord within one week of the effective date of promotion. These promotions are approved by command and authority for promotion may be found in Unit Regulations. Notes for October: Corporal Hadrian Ramirez is assigned as First Squads Squad Leader. Private First Class Jordan Marshall is assigned as First Squads Squad Leader. The following soldiers were promoted to: 6TH GRADE - PRIVATE FIRST CLASS Private Travis Johnson promoted to Private First Class Private Robert Marzini promoted to Private First Class Private Marek Mitchell promoted to Private First Class 5TH GRADE - TECHNICIAN FIFTH GRADE Private First Class Craig Mantle promoted to Technician Fifth Grade Private First Class Dom Castro promoted to Technician Fifth Grade 5TH GRADE - CORPORAL Private First Class Jordan Marshall promoted to Corporal 4TH GRADE - TECHNICIAN FOURTH GRADE Corporal Brett Randy promoted to Technician Fourth Grade 4TH GRADE - SERGEANT Corporal Hadrian Ramirez promoted to Sergeant 3RD GRADE - STAFF SERGEANT Sergeant Tom Kazansky promoted to Staff Sergeant The following soldiers were awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross Second Lieutenant Brendan Harbison Silver Star First Lieutenant Charles Henderson Technical Sergeant James Randazzo Bronze Star, Valor Private First Class Craig Mantle Private First Class Sean Nunez Army Commendation Medal Private First Class Craig Mantle Purple Heat Staff Sergeant Thomas Miller Sergeant Tom Kazansky Technician Fourth Grade Justin Smith Technical Sergeant James Randazzo Combat Infantryman Badge, Three Technical Sergeant Jack Carnegie Staff Sergeant Jacob Briel Technician Fourth Grade Justin Smith Combat Infantryman Badge, Two Technician Fourth Grade Eugene Dusty Corporal Hadrian Ramirez Technician Fifth Grade Nathan Watkins Sergeant Tom Kazansky Sergeant Berry Ryan Corporal Andrew Frost Corporal Bretty Randy Combat Infantryman Badge Private First Class Jordan Marshall Technician Fifth Grade Yang Styer Private First Class Dom Castro Private First Class Jack Cooper Private First Class Craig Mantle Private First Class Thomas Moriarty Private Marek Mitchell Private Robert Marzini Private First Class Sean Nunez Private Travis Johnson Private First Class John Molohon Combat Medical Badge, Two Staff Sergeant Thomas Miller Combat Medical Badge Technician Fourth Grade Thomas Huot Good Conduct Medal, Third Award Sergeant Tom Kazansky Corporal Andrew Frost Good Conduct Medal, Second Award Second Lieutenant Brendan Harbison Good Conduct Medal, First Award Private Marek Mitchell Private First Class John Molohon Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Staff Sergeant Jacob Briel
  5. Silver Star - Operation Market Garden D+0 Technical Sergeant James Randazzo Technical Sergeant James Randazzo found himself in a position of leadership under his temporary assignment as Squad Leader of Second Squad. Following embarkment and deployment of the 101st Airborne Division, elements of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, How Company made contact with several Wehrmacht infantry companies and armored units a long their route of advance. During their advance, Technical Sergeant James Randazzo held firm in competently and confidently showing the way and ensuring the safety of his Squad, whilst enacting the will of the Platoon Commander with ease. On multiple occasions, his Squad alone determined the opening engagement and allowed for the Platoon to crawl its way towards their objective, the town of Best. Upon sighting of the town, support assets directed by observation of his Squad and the Platoon Commander allowed for an opening attack to be made: one of which suffered heavy casualties due to the enemy's positioning and use of terrain against elements of First Platoon. Regardless the consequences, Technical Sergeant James Randazzo spearheaded a fearless charge into the town of Best, whereupon all but three of his Squad was massacred under machine gun fire. These men pushed tooth and nail through enemy opposition in the town, to get to the bridge. Once at the bridge, these three men alone held the bridge until Company support came to their aid. His actions a lone ensured the success of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiments first day objectives, and paved the way for allied forces to follow. In light of these actions, The Secretary of the Army has reposed special trust and confidence in Technical Sergeant James Randazzos patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence. In view of these qualities, his demonstrated leadership potential, and dedicated service to the United States Army and the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, is, therefore, awarded the Silver Star.
  6. Combat Position Openings This is an up-to-date roster description of roles that need to be filled within the unit, as of 10/25/2021. The 101st Airborne Division emulates a Infantry Paratrooper Rifle Company, Glider Field Artillery Battery and Single Engine Fighter/Twin Engine Cargo Utility Squadron. As of now we have multiple combat openings that need to be fulfilled to properly facilitate the needs of the unit. We have the following roles open right now: Paratrooper Infantry Company The Paratrooper Infantry Platoon is the spearhead of all front-line operations and is capable of heavy firepower, but as is the nature of light infantry it is designed for maneuver and strategic strike missions to disorient enemies, seize assets or destroy critical targets. Paratrooper Infantry is incapable of sustaining a firefight for long, but due to the high firepower and mobility of the Paratrooper Rifle Squad, it is capable of withdrawing out of some precarious situations 1510 - Para Infantry Officer 0x Company Commander 0x Executive Officer 0x Platoon Commander 585 - First Sergeant 0x First Sergeant 542 - Communications Sergeant 0x Communications Sergeant 814 - Operations Non-Commissioned Officer 0x Operations Sergeant 673 - Medical Non-Commissioned Officer 0x Medical Sergeant 651 - Platoon Sergeant 0x Platoon Sergeant 636 - Intelligence Clerk 1x Intelligence Clerk 745 - Rifleman 2x Rifleman 0x Grenadier 1x Assistant Squad Leader 746 - Automatic Rifleman 0x Automatic Rifleman 604 - Light Machine Gunner 2x Machine Gunner 1x Assistant Machine Gunner 2x Ammo Bearer 707 - Radio Telephone Operator 1x Platoon Radio Telephone Operator 0x Company Radio Telephone Operator 657 - Medical Aidman 1x General Aidman 0x Surgeon Aidman Glider Artillery Platoon The Glider Artillery Platoon is responsible for manning a light howitzer, M2A1 105mm. Providing indirect fire support against enemy targets, they closely work with the Paratrooper Rifle Company to assist in combat and training exercises. Their main goal is to destroy key positions and negate enemy advances. 844 - Crewman, Light Artillery 0x Platoon Sergeant 0x Section Chief 0x Gunner 0x Cannoneer 707 - Radio Telephone Operator 0x Platoon Radio Telephone Operator Fighter & Cargo Utility Squadron The Fighter & Cargo Utility Squadron acts as a combat support and logistical squadron: tasked with supporting the Paratrooper Rifle Company, Glider Artillery Platoon and completing their own strategic objectives during operations, there is a lot to do as an aviator. Conducting combat air patrol missions, close air support strike missions or raids against enemy targets, there is a lot of combat involved. There is also a lot of logistical needs the unit needs fulfilled, coming in with aerial resupply, reinserting troops and deploying them from the C-47 type cargo plane. 1337 - Aviation Officer 0x Squadron Commander 0x Flight Leader 770 - Aviator 0x Air Operations Warrant Officer 1x Senior Pilot 1x Pilot
  7. Hello, thank you for submitting an application with the 101st Airborne Division. We are currently reviewing your application, please wait for a recruiter to contact you within the next 24 hours. Please join our discord if you have not already.
  8. Not realistic, very rarely would you get close enough to one of these. In active and in non-active combat it was doctrine to lock those lids tight.
  9. PROMOTIONS & AWARD CEREMONY - OCTOBER 3rd The Secretary of the Army has reposed special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and professional excellence of the following Soldiers. In view of these qualities and their dedicated service to the 101st Airborne Division they are, therefore, promoted to the rank shown. S-4 Logistics will update all requisite paperwork within 48 hours of the effective date of promotion. Soldiers must update their name on TeamSpeak 3, and Discord within one week of the effective date of promotion. These promotions are approved by command and authority for promotion may be found in Unit Regulations. Notes for September: Sergeant Ryan Berry re-enlists and takes up duties as Second Squads Assistant Squad Leader. Second Lieutenant Brendan Harbison is assigned as Flight Leader of First Flight. The following soldiers were promoted to: 6TH GRADE - PRIVATE FIRST CLASS Private Jordan Marshall promoted to Private First Class Private Linus Baker promoted to Private First Class 1ST GRADE - SECOND LIEUTENANT Flight Officer Brendan Harbison promoted to Second Lieutenant The following soldiers were awarded: Soldiers Medal Sergeant Tom Kazansky Good Conduct Medal, Fourth Award Technician Fourth Grade Justin Smith Good Conduct Medal, Third Award Technical Sergeant Jack Carnegie Staff Sergeant Jacob Briel Good Conduct Medal, Second Award Corporal Bretty Randy Good Conduct Medal, First Award Private First Class Jack Cooper Private First Class Craig Mantle Private First Class Thomas Moriarty Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Staff Sergeant Jacob Briel Technical Sergeant James Randazzo Senior Parachutist Badge Staff Sergeant Thomas Miller
  10. Quarter Three - October, 2021 Sergeant Tom Kazansky Sergeant Tom Kazansky joined the 101st Airborne Division Realism Unit on January 5th, 2021 where he was first assigned as a Rifleman in Second Squad, First Platoon. Since then, Sergeant Kazansky has made his expedient growth through active participation and involvement in our community: developing camaraderie with his peers and providing a helping hand anywhere he can. From the beginning, Sergeant Tom Kazansky made an impactful, positive impression with everyone in the unit. He has demonstrated a capacity for leadership, through his management of Second Squad as its Assistant Squad Leader, and now as its Squad Leader. Throughout his time here, he has changed the way that we look at recruiting and leadership. As one of our newer squad leaders and recruiters, he's given us fresh ideas and provided us with a reliable and competent base to Second Squad. Providing positivity, laughter and always exceeding expectations, wherever he may step: here's to you Sergeant Kazansky. Why did you join the 101st Airborne Division? WW2 is by far my favorite setting in Arma 3 Milsim. After my last unit I was looking for a new, structured and more professional one. A friend of mine, P. Hernandez, was in this unit and directed me here. Any favorite/funny/memorable moment throughout our whole time in the unit? I know a lot of the guys say this, but the Battle of the Bulge was really a great campaign. Since it was my first operation here I was kinda nervous and excited. After that it really made an impression on me and decided this was my place. My pasta speech was great too, I have that video in my heart, check it out in Howell's Bar boys. Any advice to give to your fellow Paratroopers? Just have fun. Why play if you are not having fun? At the end we all want to enjoy ourselves playing this game together. If you are not, then you can always say so. Command always appreciates feedback. What value is the most important to you and why? Between patience and perseverance. Everything in life takes time and it can be a bitch sometimes. You just have to trust the process and when you feel like quitting, try to remember why you started What motivates you? A lot of stuff, but the most important things are that I know every time I get in the server there's going to be a new adventure waiting for me and that I can help and do my best to ensure everyone has a good time. Besides I like being a Paratrooper too much. What would you say about the progress of the unit, and how you've contributed to it? I remember when I joined, there was barely one rifle squad plus HQ. To see where we are right now it brings me real joy. I try to help every day to bring new guys to the table as a recruiter and keep things organized in PERSCOM. Now that I'm a Squad Leader another goal I have now is to get all my men to have a great experience and get them back in one piece, hopefully. Any valuable lessons you have learned while being in the unit? To be humble. When I joined I thought with the amount of experience I already had this unit would be an easy ride and I wouldn't have to put a lot of effort in. Boy was I wrong...
  11. Hello, thank you for submitting an application with the 101st Airborne Division. Unfortunately your application has been denied. You do not fit the age requirement. You may submit another one on your birthday, 2/13/22.
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