Rob Rainer served 22 years with the United States military. Fifteen of those years were as a Combat Infantryman, four years were with the Naval Reserves performing as a quartermaster in charge of the watch-to-watch navigation and the maintenance, correction, and preparation of nautical charts, and three years were served in the Air Force Reserves performing as an Emergency Service Team (EST), Security Police, undergoing various SWAT tactics training.
As a civilian contractor he performed as an Heavy Brigade Combat Team Master Gunner Trainer. In this position he was a Primary Trainer/Subject Matter Expert (SME) to Heavy Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) and Combined Arms Battalions (CAB) across the US Army, covering the HBCT Gunnery Manual, FM 3-20.21. This position required that he brief Brigade, Battalion and Company Commanders, along with Primary Staff personnel and Master Gunners on the complex changes concerning the HBCT Gunnery Manual and the addition of truck gunnery to the single source reference. He trained in detail the standardized fire commands, platform gunnery methodology, standardized scoring procedures, the evolution of threat based matrix, Gunnery Skills Test (GST) standards, Gunnery Firing Tables and Live Fire Prerequisites. Additionally, he was responsible for training on the Vehicle Crew Evaluation Exportable Packet (VCEEP), and provided guidance and assistance on planning, preparation and execution of Brigade’s Gunnery density. Mr. Rainer also collected and reported gunnery static information, After Action Review (AAR) comments, and commanders and users comments concerning all aspects of gunnery, to include training devices, gunnery scores, Training Aids, Devices, Simulators and Simulations (TADSS) utilization, ammunition authorizations and requirements and conduct of the range to Doctrine Division Gunnery Branch Chief
As an Infantryman he performed various duties throughout his 15 year career, including Joint National Training Capability Operations Support Element (Fort Irwin, California) where he generated requirements for the JNTC development; identified Service and COCOM programs capable of training Unit Joint Tasks; coordinated and supported Accreditation, Certification and Mitigation efforts including liaison with USJFCOM personnel; supported the planning, analysis, and the execution of events that include training on accredited joint tasks in order to ensure shortfall improvements are realized, and facilitated the required joint context (priority on accredited tasks) and to provide feedback to the supported program.
As an Observer Controller for the “Tarantula Team” at NTC/Fort Irwin, California, Mr. Rainer was an SME on Light, Mechanized, Stryker, and Armor unit organizations, missions, capabilities, doctrine, and tactics where he provided evaluation and feedback to the unit’s combat operations while the unit prepared to deploy to various hostile environments. He was responsible for ensuring the safe operation of all units during force on force and live fire training. He also conducted formal and informal after action reviews (AARs) with companies, as well as coaching and teaching command teams in application of doctrine, tactics, techniques, procedures, and leadership.
In his position as Platoon Sergeant (Fort Knox, Kentucky, Baumholder, Germany, Operation Iraqi Freedom), he trained a Mechanized platoon consisting of 43 soldiers, assisted the platoon leader in the planning, organizing, directing, supervising, and training activities of subordinate squads. He trained his platoon on Close Quarters Marksmanship, Squad MOUT Live Fire Exercise, and Strategic Reaction Force Gunnery in preparation for Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his tour in Iraq his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was struck by a pressure plate IED while conducting a Battalion size raid in AR-Ramadi. The IED consisted of two 155 rounds and one 120 round.
As Master Gunner in Baumholder, Germany, Fort Hood, Texas, Operation Iraqi Freedom), he acted as SME Master Gunner in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle equipped Mechanized Infantry Brigade where he planned, coordinated and executed Company, Battalion and Brigade level gunnery qualifications, gunnery skills training and qualifying 264 crew members for sustained combat operations. He was the first Master Gunner in the United States Army to be certified and execute a recorded gunnery on the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Mr. Rainer’s position as a Drill Sergeant demanded the training of over 11 cycles of basic combat training for Initial Entry Level (IET) soldiers and deployment to Iraq to train the Iraqi Army on Establish Traffic Control Point, Identifying Improvised Explosive Device, Personnel and Vehicle Search, Enter and Clear a Building, React to an IED attack and Basic Rifle Marksmanship (AK-47).
His education and training include two years college in construction at Northeast Institute, NY, Multi-Function Agile Remote Control Robot (MARCbot) Trainer, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training, Infantry Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Manager Development Course, Supervisor Development Course, Drill Sergeant School, Bradley Advanced Training System (BATS) Trainer, Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) Trainer, Unit Conduct of Fire Trainer, Bradley Fighting Vehicle Master Gunner Course, Warrior Leaders Course and Security Police School.