Tough Ruck is group of military and civilians whose sole purpose is to Ruck in honor and in memory of our Fallen Service Members, Police, Firefighters and EMTs, while raising funds to support military families in times of need. We will walk a 26.2 mile course with our Rucks and carry the names of our Fallen comrades with us.
On April 15, 2013, the Tough Ruck members were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and joined the first responders to help those that were injured by the horrific blasts. They truly exemplify the best of what our Nation is. Today the Ruck happens the Saturday before Boston Marathon Monday in Concord, Massachusetts on the original trails of the Revolutionary War. Tough Ruck is the only Ruck partnered with the Boston Marathon and finishers are awarded the official Boston Marathon Medals and receive recognition from the Boston Athletic Association.
The battalion fire support platoons are found in the headquarters battery of each brigade combat team field artillery battalion and normally include FISTs with joint fires observers. The fire support platoons have a habitual support relationship with a specific maneuver battalion or cavalry squadron:
A fire support team is a field artillery team organic to each maneuver battalion and selected units to plan and coordinate all available company supporting fires, including mortars, field artillery, naval surface fire support, army attack aviation, and close air support integration (ADRP 3-09). FISTs employed at company or troop level provide maneuver companies and cavalry troops with fire support coordination, target location, input for terminal attack control, and assessment capabilities.
A forward observer is an observer operating with front line troops trained to adjust ground ornaval gunfire and pass back battlefield information. Also called FO. (JP 3-09). Platoon forward observers are equipped with target acquisition devices that assist in accurately locating targets and the communications equipment needed to call for fire and conduct terminal guidance operations (also called TGO). A FO is the primary fire support observer in the company or troop and is frequently collocated with the platoon leader. They provide target refinement, nominate targets to the company fire plan (limited fire planning), advise the platoon leader on all indirect fire support matters; prepare, maintain, and use situation maps, designate targets for precision-guided munitions, report combat information, execute planned fires, and request or adjust fires for their supported platoons.
Additionally, the FIST works with the maneuver commander via ethical, effective and efficientplanning and execution that takes into account proper munitions employment and Fire Support Coordination Measures during targeting and fire support planning. The FIST exercises he judicious use of lethal force balanced with restraint, tempered by professional judgement