|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort McCoy July 11-31 trained the Army
Reserve units involved in collective Army Warrior Tasks and continued to
prepare the units for training/deployment in the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN)
Army military police conduct
forward operating base defense, with sniper fire, as cultural
role players act as villagers at a Fort McCoy Enemy Prisoner of
War training site during the Warrior Exercise.
(Photo by Val Hyde)
Col. Bryan Wampler, exercise director from the 78th Training Brigade
(Operations) from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., said the
exercise emphasized forward operating base (FOB) defense and convoy
A total of 3,800 engineer, combat-service-support and combat-surgical
unit personnel and personnel identified for potential mobilization were
selected to participate in WAREX, he said. These units, in year three of
the ARFORGEN training cycle, will participate in another exercise next
year to complete their preparations for deployment.
“The units were training on collective Army Warrior Tasks at the
battalion level and below for the first time in their current ARFORGEN
cycle,” Wampler said. “If the Army needs them, the units or individuals
from the units could be deployed after this training.”
The WAREX began with a staff exercise to train the leaders on the
military decision-making process, with the staff operating out of
Tactical Operations Centers or FOBs.
After this phase, the WAREX had a situational training exercise, with
leaders receiving missions, implementing the military decision-making
process, and the units and the Soldiers carrying out the missions, he
The 86th Training Brigade at Fort McCoy helped fill out the exercise
staff, Wampler said.
Military personnel who will be deployed served as the mayors in the
designated FOB areas at Fort McCoy, he said. Many of these personnel
already have been deployed so they added real-world knowledge/scenarios
to the training.
McCoy personnel provided excellent support to ensure the exercise had
the training areas, facilities and support it needed to conduct the
training, Wampler said.