AP1 vs 352nd and HSA Official Scrimmage Write up and Awards

116th
The Seal


29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
116TH REGIMENT, 1ST BN
ABLE COMPANY


Official Awards for Meritorious Service Before and During AP1's Deployment
May 8th, 2016




Second Lieutenant Kelly J. Fritz
For participating in his first official scrimmage, 2Lt. Fritz is being awarded his 1st Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal. Lastly for leading AP1 to victory in an official Scrimmage 2Lt. Fritz is also receiving his Legion of Merit.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory MedalLegion of Merit

Master Sergeant Ramses M. Conrad
During the scrim’s attack round, MSgt. Conrad was tasked to skirmish with the enemy and secure some early kills to soften up enemy positions which would allow for an easier break through from the rest of the platoon. The attack plan of AP1 was simple, the focus off the attack was to cut off the defensive center point of an administrative building code named Alamo. S1 would move in from the North West, with S2 moving in Directly north and S3 coming in from the south east. MSgt. Conrad, with the overwatch of Platoon Sniper PFC Lindholm, moved in between S2 and S3 on the rail yard just outside the targeted factory. When in position, MSgt. Conrad quickly secured his first kill on an enemy by Alamo, overwatching the eastern and north eastern flank form which both S2 and S3 would advance through. This caught the attention of another axis shooter on a balcony covering both on the North East that immediately started looking for MSgt. At this point, PFC Lindholm secured his first kill of the day. Not too long afterwards, MSgt. secured one more kill before coming under heavy fire from the enemy. Using his communications with PFC Lindholm, the Platoon sniper was able to secure another kill while MSgt. was able to reposition and continue harassing the enemy. This action also allowed for the north eastern and eastern part of the cap to fall to AP1, as MSgt. Conrad met up with S2 and S3. From there, he worked with the rest of the platoon, securing two assists in the process. For his actions, MSgt. Conrad is being awarded an Army Commendation Medal. For participating in his third official scrimmage, MSgt. Conrad is being awarded his 2nd Combat Infantry Badge. In addition to this for taking part in a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he is also receiving a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd AwardWWII Victory MedalArmy Commendation Medal

Sergeant Nils Part
Sergeant Part has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Corporal Buck Barclay
Corporal Barclay has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Corporal Trent J. Kelly
AP1 split its forces into three separate attacks on the factory of Coldsteel. Cpl. Kelly and his squad was tasked with securing the middle and linking up with the other two squads of the Platoon to help encircle the enemy in the middle of the cap. The middle line, involved securing a heavily fortified administrative position code named “Alamo”. This was meant to lock down enemy movements and contain counterattacks while the rest of the Platoon secured the cap and moved in to assist.
S2 also had another objective outside of maintaining Alamo, and that was bringing both S1, on the Western Flank, and S3 on the eastern flank into the fight for Alamo, thus encircling the position and finishing off remaining enemies. To do this, S2 split its squad into two separate teams, one lead by Cpl. Kelly and the other lead by his ASL, PFC Jenssen. As fighting broke out, PFC Jenssen lost his life to the enemy, leaving Cpl. Kelly, already engaged with the enemy in close quarters asymmetrical fighting, to maintain the cohesion of his squad. Half of his squad brought S1 into the fold and enabled them to secure the western part of the cap while in the East, S1 covered S3’s approach on the factory floor. As S1 was brought in, Cpl. Kelly, with the rest of his squad, moved in on Alamo and began engaging the enemy in room to room fighting. With his light, he secured two kills in this action, while also maintaining the cohesion of his squad. As the battle wound down and both S1 and S3 moved in to assist, Cpl. Kelly, knowing where the enemy was, secured another two kills with grenades. During this time, he was also calling out where the last of the enemy was held up and ordered others to resupply him with ammo so that he could finish the job. Unfortunately, due to the enemies desperation, they attempted to break out. Had they not done so, Cpl. Kelly would have easily killed more, or enabled the kills of the last enemies in the cap. Regardless of this, while consistently on the front line, Cpl. Kelly was in constant peril, being wounded at one point. His ability to use initiative to help hunt down the last off the enemy and to secure kills whilst leading an important part of the overall plan of AP1’s attack definitely show what we want our men to strive for in the 29th. For his actions, Corporal Kelly is receiving a Bronze Star. Corporal Kelly has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory MedalBronze Star

Corporal Alexander Novak
Cpl. Novak lead S1, his squad into battle for both rounds of AP1’s scrim. However, it was on the defense that his actions as both a Squad Leader and a Soldier of the 29th shined. While occupying the Western part of the factory, which was a bombed out and cratered ruin, Cpl. Novak and his squad took on skirmishing positions on the edge of the cap. Here, S1 was to call out and disrupt any movements while the inner core of the Platoon focused on the fighting going on in the factory itself. During the defense, the axis forces pushed heavily on the Western flank. In our practice scrims, it had been noted that the defense in this area had to be solid, as the open rooms and corridors enabled for easy enemy breakthroughs if not properly cared for. During the early attacks in the area, S1 was able to repel the attacks. However, after PFC Borkowski went down during the second full offensive in the area, Cpl. Novak, with the remnants of his squad were able to once again push the enemy out of the cap. Cpl. at this time personally slew one axis. However, the axis were not finished with this part of the factory as survivors of the last offensive, along with stragglers from the southern flank attempted to make moves on the southwest of S1’s defensive ring. Under MG42 fire, and sporadic rifle fire, Cpl. Novak moved to the flank and using some of the superior and rare positions in the cap, brought down 2 more enemies that were attempting to break through. This allowed the remnants of S1, along with S2 support to clear out the cap and continue hunting down the final axis attacks, unsupported and separated from each other. For his actions, Cpl. Novak is receiving an Army Commendation Medal. Corporal Novak has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory MedalArmy Commendation Medal

Technician, Fifth Grade Johnathan S. Kouters
T/5 Kouters has participated in his third official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his second Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 2nd AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Patryk Borkowski
PFC Borkowski, during AP1’s defense round, was stationed on the Western side of the factory with the rest of AP1S1. This area was largely bombed out, offering little cover and was split into a variety of separate rooms and corridors. His role was to watch the Western flank, an area that was mostly devoid of cover and could easily highlight any soldier watching the area. While the North Western part of the cap started to fold under superior numbers, PFC Borkowski was able to reposition himself in a spot that allowed him to stem the tide, killing three enemies and forcing the axis into retreat. This allowed S1 vital time to regain their losses and re-calibrate their defense. After the axis reorganized, PFC Borkowski continued to give the enemy resistance. However, it proved too much and he was killed. Still, his actions allowed S1 to reorganize their lines in a pivotal moment which allowed members of S1 to hold off the continuation of the axis attacks in the area. His positioning and his play epitomized S1’s preparations in the previous weeks which allowed our Western flank to hold for the entire round. For his actions, PFC Borkowski is being awarded an Army Commendation Medal. PFC Borkowski has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory MedalArmy Commendation Medal

Private, First Class Aurélien Carbonneaux
PFC Carbonneaux has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Nathan de Crom
PFC de Crom has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Dmytro Ental
PFC Ental has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Matt J. Freese
PFC Freese has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Oskar O. Gustavsson
PFC Gustavsson has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Frank Habsburg
PFC Habsburg has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Johann O. Jenssen
PFC Carbonneaux has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Kenneth Lindholm
PFC Lindholm was partially attached to S3 during the initial part of the scrim. S3’s objective was to move into the Southeast and secure area’s code named “Pit” and “Outpost”. PFC Lindholm’s role in this was to overwatch S3’s advance and take out any shooters that could be in S2’s way. What PFC Lindholm did was that, and assist in the destruction of enemy forces in the north eastern part of the factory.
As MSgt. Conrad moved forward to his position in the train yard, MSgt. Conrad picked his first enemy which garnered the attention of an enemy soldier, who began looking for the shot. PFC Lindholm made short work of the enemy, waiting for him to peek his head, before the PFC took his kill. The exchange continued as MSgt. Conrad received further attention from the axis soldiers. In this time, PFC Lindholm both assisted with call outs of enemy targets, securing another kill and getting another assist. PFC Lindholm would later displace after both MSgt. Conrad moved up and S3 got into position for their attack. His new position allowed him to get eyes on the Southern part of Alamo, effectively locking down any enemy movement and calling out enemy targets for the rest of the platoon. For his actions, PFC Lindholm is receiving an Army Commendation Medal. PFC Lindholm has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory MedalArmy Commendation Medal

Private, First Class Gustav Planntin
PFC Planntin has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Ramón Roovers
PFC Roovers has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Jelle Saerens
PFC Saerens has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Arjan Schelhaas
PFC Schelhaas has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Selwyn V. Sluys
PFC Sluys has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Luka L. Stojcic
PFC Stojcic has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Eliot J. Tomkinson
PFC Tomkinson has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Jesse T. Vandell
PFC Vandell has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private, First Class Matias V. Virta
PFC Virta has participated in his first official scrimmage and is therefore eligible to receive his first Combat Infantry Badge. In addition, for being a part of a two round scrimmage in which both rounds were a victory he shall also receive a WWII Victory Medal.


Combat Infantry Badge, 1st AwardWWII Victory Medal

Private Stefanos C. Mytilineos
Although Pvt. Mytilineos is new to the unit, just having 2 months of service under his belt, the preparation for AP1’s scrim has truly proven himself as a committed member of both AP1 and the unit. During our preparation, Pvt. Mytilineos spent hours, spotting out good defensive positions and highly usable offensive positions for AP1’s deployment. He created two full guides on tips and tricks for both S1 and S3, whose squads in practice drills had extremely high casualty rates. One of these posts contained over 20 images of his findings with explanations to each one. These two guides were posted to the AP1 preparation thread and he even went out of his way to guest squad drills and share his findings, helping squad leaders teach their men all the good spots and tactics that could be used. There is no doubt, that because of his hard work, on scrim day, both S1 and S3 fared better than what was expected. Pvt. Mytilineos was not able to scrim due to his limited time in the unit, but still went out of his way to ensure the platoon was prepared as a whole. For his preparation and hard work, Pvt. Mytilineos is being awarded a Soldier’s Medal.


Soldier’s Medal

CW3 Robert R. Lev
Commanding Officer
Able Company HQ
CW3 Lev

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  • edited May 2016

    116th
    The Seal


    29TH INFANTRY DIVISION
    116TH REGIMENT, 1ST BN
    ABLE COMPANY


    Official Writeup For AP1's Deployment
    May 8th, 2016




    On Sunday, May 8th, 2016 at the stalwart soldiers of Able Company, First Platoon, led by 2Lt. Fritz, deployed against the combined Axis forces of the 352nd Volksgrenadier Division and 2nd Hungarian Army, as well as elements of the 1st Infantry Division. The two teams clashed in a pair of conflicts in the abandoned railyard and metalworks complex on the edge of Stalingrad known locally as “Cold Steel”. Each team had 45 minutes to attack and secure the facility against a well equipped defending team of equal size.


    Attack Round

    As the attack on the stripping hall and attached storage area commenced, AP1 divided its forces among three primary spearheads; Squad 1 led by Cpl. Novak focused primarily on breaching the storage area and railyard on the far west side of the complex, Squad 2 led by Cpl. Kelly assaulted the northern end of the complex and the defensive position designated the “alamo”, and Squad 3 led by Cpl. Barclay attacked into the eastern side of the complex to secure the southern security outpost and storage pit.

    Prior to the attacks of these spears, PFC Lindholm the platoon sniper and MSgt. Conrad skirmished in areas otherwise ignored by the attack; the northeast and the direct south. From these skirmishing positions, the Axis attention was pulled away from the advancing primary attacks as multiple defenders in critical positions were cleared. Once defenders had been cleared from their northern oversight positions, the Axis attack was crippled from properly covering attacks into the primary warehouse. At the call of all clear, the three pronged team simultaneously engaged the enemy.

    In the confusion of the attack, the Axis forces scrambled to stabilize and secure the facility. While Cpl. Novak’s squad on the western flank met initial resistance, the scramble of enemy forces to consolidate meant a near total abandonment of the western half of the facility, allowing his squad to further push enemy forces into the waiting jaws of the two other attack forces.

    The attack of Cpl. Barclay’s squad further panicked the Axis forces when after what seemed like only a matter of seconds, his squad had eliminated all visible targets in the southern pit area and flooded into the warehouse and cleared the security outpost. With this advance, the defense was forced to retreat into the “alamo”, an office headquarters building at the center of the complex with obscene defensive potential. However, with both Squad 1 and Squad 3, as well as the skirmisher oversight, covering the open areas in the upper “alamo”, the Axis were forced to cover interior angles and approaches with no safe way of clearing forces in the warehouse.

    Because of the sequencing of these attacks, Cpl. Kelly’s squad faced the greatest portion of the enemy forces. The squad secured the area immediately north of the critical “alamo” and engaged in near constant fighting in that location, as each killed enemy was replaced by another retreating from one of the other advances. After the rest of the facility had been captured, Cpl Kelly led his squad into the dangerous “alamo” itself, methodically clearing the fortress room by room, knowing that any second could be the turning point where their entrenched enemies would gain the upper hand and wipe out his squad. Thanks to their intensive training and cautious play, the squad successfully cleared the majority of the “alamo” and trapped the remaining enemies in the upper floor.

    Out of desperation, the surviving Axis attacked from their entrenched positions to break the siege, but were gunned down shortly after breaking the defensive line. Despite facing a force of equal strength, AP1 took minimal casualties in securing the facility and completed their objective of total victory in a fraction of their estimated operation time of 45 minutes.


    Defense Round

    After having successfully secured the facility, AP1 prepared for the inevitable counter attack from the Axis forces. Each squad was assigned a section of the defensive perimeter that they had been made intimately familiar with in training scenarios. Similarly to the division of the attack, Squad 1 secured the western side of the facility, while Squad 2 secured the southern end of the warehouse, and Squad 3 secured the “alamo” and the central and northern area of the facility, an especially important location due to its role as the central command post for 2Lt. Fritz.

    As the enemy attack began, the Allied defensive forces were all too aware of the silence that surrounded them as the enemy avoided early contact and assumedly surrounded the complex. After what felt like an eternity of waiting, a massive assault hammered on the western flank of the defense and not from all fronts as expected. While the western end of the facility was a weaker defensive position, Squad 1 met the overpowering assault with determination and highly practiced positioning. As the defense began to fold under the pressure, Cpl. Novak and PFC Borkowski adjusted their positions to stem the tide of attackers, and though the flank took heavy losses, the losses of the enemy were greater and their attack was turned back.

    After a brief moment of quiet, the attacking forces reorganized their assault and struck again, this time at the warehouse along the northern, eastern, and southern flanks with equal force. The northern attacking force met their end against the defenses near the “alamo”, discovering for themselves just how difficult attacking the position was. The attacks in the east and south were much more successful, as the attack on the north diverted much of the attention of the defenders. While the eastern attack provided oversight, the southern attack surged forward into AP1’s defensive line and nearly shattered the southern defenses, leaving only a few survivors of Squad 3. After being confident that the northern and western forces had been eliminated, elements of Squad 1 and Squad 2 moved to clear the remaining enemy forces. The eastern attack oversight forces were dispatched by shooters near “alamo”, allowing for full reclamation of the warehouse area.

    The few remaining attackers made a valiant final attack against the security outpost in the southwest corner of the warehouse. Though they secured a handful more of kills and forced the defenders to shift their focus, skirmishing forces near the outpost secured the remaining kills to take victory against the attackers. Despite suffering significantly higher losses in their defensive round, AP1 remained composed and confidently in control under heavy pressure.

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    Well done to all. Congratulations.

  • Congratulations all!

  • Congratulations AP1!

  • Congrats AP1! Great work out there!!

  • Despite the gameplay:waiting ratio being less than ideal, it was a great pleasure and honor fighting in the name of the 29th ID and AP1. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Well done gents, you've made us proud! Special props to Pvt. Mytilineos, job well done!

  • Great work AP1!

  • Congratulations! You bring great honor to both you and us all!

  • Excellent guys!!You deserved it=D

  • Great job! Nothing really comes close in the 29th to winning a good old fasioned official interunit scrimmage!

  • Congratulations AP1!

  • Congratulations to everyone in AP1, you've done a helluva job!

  • Glad to see the training has paid off AP1, congrats on the victory.

  • Congratulations for the victory :)

  • Good job AP1! Congratulations!

  • Congrats to all! Great work!

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