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