Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
McCoy provided the training areas and facilities, and training and
equipment support to help make the first Combat Support Training
Center (CSTC) proof of principle (PoP) exercise a success and bring a
new generation of technology to the installation, said Steve Shanks.
Soldiers from the 340th
Quartermaster Detachment of San Antonio conduct perimeter
security during a convoy operation scenario as part of the CSTC
exercise. (Photo by Spc.
the chief of the Training Division for the Fort McCoy Directorate of
Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, said the exercise ended
Aug. 3. The CSTC (PoP) exercise was designed to provide participating
units with realistic, effective and constructive training in years
three and four of the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model and the
Army Reserve Training Strategy.
support role in the exercise is similar to what we do for other units
training here," Shanks said. "The Army Reserve used the
exercise to evaluate force-on-force and force-on-target after-action
review (AAR) systems."
computer-based systems that track action and produce after-action
reports were evaluated during the exercise. One was the Home Station
Instrumentation Training System (HITS) of the Program Executive Office
for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The other was a
commercial system developed by SRI International.
the HITS technology and the commercial technology go a step beyond the
current multiple integrated laser engagement system (MILES) in use at
Fort McCoy. Shanks said the HITS system, including an updated version
of MILES, can produce a real-time observation and video recordings in
3-D animated depiction for actual training as well as providing
instantaneous feedback for AARs.
is similar to what is created at the Range 36 complex at the Live-Fire
Shoothouse and Urban Training Facility. Among the items that can be
included are visual representations of the actual terrain, friendly
force movement, opposing force movement, direction and effectiveness
systems are being evaluated for future consideration," Shanks
said. "One of the advantages is that units can take the video to
their home stations to continue their training."
from the Regional Training Center-North supported the mission, he
from the 78th Training Brigade, which also planned and coordinated the
2009 CSTC and Patriot Warrior exercises, are scheduled to meet in the
near future to plan and coordinate the 2010 CSTC and Patriot Warrior
exercises at Fort McCoy, Shanks said.
CSTC concept will help units train in convoy operations, convoy
security and Contingency Operating Location base defense
tactics," Shanks said. The goal of the CSTC exercise is to have
units trained and prepared as they enter the ready phase of the
ARFORGEN model awaiting potential mobilization and deployment.
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