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August 26, 2011


Warrior Exercise presents realistic deployment training

By Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Hokkanen, 86th Training Division Public Affairs

Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 2011 began Aug. 7 at Fort McCoy. The 78th Training Division of Fort Dix, N.J., is in command of the exercise with support from the 75th and 86th Training Divisions, 84th Training Command and Combat Trainer (CT) units from across the Army Reserves.
PHOTO: A Soldier gives instruction to the fork truck operator while loading a pallet at the 2011 Warrior Exercise held at Fort McCoy. Photo by Master Sgt. D. Keith Johnson
Sgt. Morgan Raymer gives instruction to the fork truck operator while loading a pallet at the 2011 Warrior Exercise held at Fort McCoy. Raymer, from Lansing, Mich., is a member of the 401st Transportation Company (Palletized Loading System), a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Battle Creek, Mich. Sgt. (Photo by Master Sgt. D. Keith Johnson)

WAREX will prepare more than 2,500 Soldiers for deployment by ensuring they are proficient in both their technical and tactical skills, focusing on Warrior Battle Drills (WBDs), in a “live-virtual-constructive” environment, said Maj. Leonard Sloat, 86th Training Division, Combat Trainer Control Cell Officer-in-Charge for the WAREX.

WAREX centers on combat-service and combat-service-support unit training, said Sloat.

CTs assist the units through various training missions including planning, preparing, supervising, and executing unit tasks.

“The CTs play a vital role in this exercise,” said Sloat. “The relationship they forge with the evaluated units is extremely important. They are more than just evaluators, they also are teachers and mentors to the leaders they are working with.”

“Many of the CTs are subject-matter experts in the same field as the Soldier they are evaluating and most have combat experience. They are a key to success in the exercise.”

The CTs help unit commanders ensure Soldiers are trained on the WBDs expected in theater along with brigade-, battalion-, platoon- and company-level tactics, techniques and procedures, he said. CTs also assist the units in gaining proficiency in their collective tasks prior to deployment, said Sloat.

“WAREX is executed in a real-world environment with the Soldiers living in Forward Operating Bases (Contingency Operating Locations) and conducting unit-level operations,” said Sloat. “WAREX is a key part of the Army Reserve’s strategy to develop readiness in our Soldiers and Units. We are proud to have been entrusted with this role.”

Look for more coverage and highlights of WAREX in the Sept. 9 issue of The Real McCoy.

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