Chelsea Tweedy, 350th Public Affairs Detachment
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).
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
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
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
purpose of CSTX is to demonstrate the Army Reserve’s ability to
validate its own organizations for mobilizations.
said Fort McCoy offers a great training center for CSTX because its
infrastructure is able to support a large number of troops and
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.
of these things make Fort McCoy a premier training center for the Army
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.
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
said this is a large exercise, so there are plenty of opportunities
bottom line is that if Soldiers know more when they leave here, then
the exercise was a success," said Breen.
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.
have hit the ground with a very high level of motivation," said
Breen. "I think we’re well on our way to a successful