|By Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Hokkanen, 86th Training
Division Public Affairs
FORT MCCOY, Wis. — Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 2012 began here June 9 and
will run through June 29. The 86th Training Division of Fort McCoy, is
in command of the exercise for the first time, with support from the
75th Training Division, 84th Training Command, First U.S. Army, various
Combat Trainer (CT) and Observer Controller (OC) units, and other
support units from across the Army and Navy Reserves.
Soldiers from the 401st Chemical
Company and 477th Medical Company react to a simulated
improvised explosive device attack at the Host Nation Engagement
Lane during Warrior Exercise 2012, which was run by the 86th
Training Division. (Photo by
Sgt. Timothy Popp)
The WAREX prepared more than 80 units and 4,200 Soldiers for future
missions by ensuring proficiency in both technical and tactical skills.
WAREX 2012 focused on Warrior Battle Drills, and assisted the trained
units to achieve their Commander’s Training Objectives (CTOs), said Col.
Richard Kucksdorf, deputy exercise director, 86th Training Division.
To achieve a “Trained” status for the many CTOs, the trained units
participate in many different squad- and platoon-level Lanes events and
Situational Training Exercises. Training events included the Army Humvee
Egress Assistance Trainer, virtual convoy and weapons training
simulators, day- and night convoy operations, Host Nation Engagement
training, Base Defense drills, firefighter training, and many
unit-specific training events at Fort McCoy.
A main focus of WAREX is to help grow new leaders, Kucksdorf said. The
Army has planned, equipped, facilitated, and evaluated all of the
training events for units for the past 11 years. Many of today’s leaders
have been going to war and training by arriving with minimal equipment
and falling in on pre-existing housing, equipment and training plans.
The 86th Training Division plans to change that by facilitating and
assisting in the evaluation of the training, but having trained units’
leaders to do the rest, said Kucksdorf. This adjustment will result in
leaders and units who are better prepared to plan and perform future
“We want to afford the opportunity for leaders to lead,” said Kucksdorf.
“WAREX will help the Army Reserve grow more-competent leaders by
allowing them to plan their own training. Soldiers will follow leaders
Look for more coverage and highlights of WAREX in the July 13 issue of
The Real McCoy.