|Story & photo by Sgt. Crystal Milton, 220th Public
More than 2,500 Soldiers are participating in the 2011 Combat Support
Training Exercise (CSTX) being held at Fort McCoy. The 78th Training
Division of Fort Dix, N.J., is coordinating the training.
A Soldier from the 302nd Engineer
Company guides a convoy vehicle to the staging area before
heading to the unit’s Contingency Operating Location.
The mission of the CSTX is to prepare Soldiers to deploy and ensure
they are proficient in their jobs before they go overseas, said Sgt.
Lefate Jones, an information technology specialist with the 78th.
CSTX gives the Soldiers a chance to train in a real-world environment.
At the beginning of the exercise, most of the Soldiers moved to
Contingency Operating Locations (Forward Operating Bases) to conduct
their missions and live and work as if they actually were deployed. This
is especially important for Soldiers who haven’t been deployed so they
know what to expect if they do go overseas.
Look for more coverage of CSTX in the Aug. 12 issue of The Real McCoy.