Army Reserve Soldiers are taking part in the Combat Support Training
Exercise (CSTX) at Fort McCoy.
exercise is designed to assist combat-service and
combat-service-support units in planning, preparing, supervising, and
executing of pre-mobilization collective training.
order to fully understand the purpose of this exercise you must first
understand the Army Force Generation cycle. The ARFORGEN cycle refers
to the time reserve units spend in between deployments.
exercise is intended to facilitate training for the second to the last
year of this ARFORGEN cycle.
are two main elements taking part in CSTX. The first being the
Observer-Controller-Trainers, who are here to help facilitate training
for the 300th Combat Sustainment Brigade.
to Brig. Gen. Walter B. Chahanovich, commanding general of the 78th
Training Brigade and the deputy exercise director, "If we are
successful here, we will help cut down time spent at mobilization
stations for deploying units because we have been able to validate and
certify tasks that are critical for their deployment.
is the whole intent of the CSTX, to allow units greater time
boots-on-the-ground and less time at the mobilization station. It is
also a means of creating a greater sense of predictability in terms of
mobilizations," added Chahanovich.
additional coverage of the exercise in a future issue of The Real