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Chief of Army Reserve visits 
CST Exercise at McCoy

By Cadet Chelsea Tweedy, 350th Public Affairs Detachment

A mix of high-ranking Soldiers filled the confines of the small briefing room, their bodies rigid with anticipation as Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief, Army Reserve (CAR), visited Fort McCoy July 16 to observe the progress of the Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX).

Photo: Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz (right), chief, Army Reserve, meets with Brig. Gen. Walter B. Chahanovich, exercise director of the Combat Support Training Exercise, held at Fort McCoy.  (Photo by Cadet Chelsea Tweedy)
Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz (right), chief, Army Reserve, meets with Brig. Gen. Walter B. Chahanovich, exercise director of the Combat Support Training Exercise, held at Fort McCoy. 
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Photo by Cadet Chelsea Tweedy)

The reason behind Stultz’s visit was to look at the overall progress of CSTX, said Col. Kenneth Webb, the chief of staff for the 78th Training Brigade.

"This year is a proof of principle, so we are going through the planning process and establishing the baseline cost of performing this type of exercise for long-range budgeting," said Webb. "What we wanted was for the CAR to fully understand the mission focus we’ve developed for the organizations who are participating in this exercise."

The purpose of CSTX is to demonstrate the Army Reserve’s ability to validate its own organizations for mobilizations.

Webb said Fort McCoy offers a great training center for CSTX because its infrastructure is able to support a large number of troops and organizations.

"When you look at Fort McCoy, it provides a good space for our personnel to train, both in and out of the field," said Webb. "The training areas are excellent and provide us with the necessary resources we need to conduct the specific training for our organizations in the field.

"All of these things make Fort McCoy a premier training center for the Army Reserve."

Lt. Col. Dana Breen, the officer-in-charge of training operations for the 78th Training Brigade, said there was a lot that had to be done to prepare for CSTX.

"The whole concept of this exercise is to train Soldiers on their warrior battle tasks, which are necessary in preparing for pre-deployment training, deployment training and eventual deployment," said Breen.

Breen said this is a large exercise, so there are plenty of opportunities for success.

"The bottom line is that if Soldiers know more when they leave here, then the exercise was a success," said Breen.

Although both the evaluations and assessments are important, what’s most important is that the Soldiers are getting trained, Breen said. One thing Breen noticed is the amount of teamwork between Soldiers.

"Soldiers have hit the ground with a very high level of motivation," said Breen. "I think we’re well on our way to a successful exercise."

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