|By Spc. Timothy Koster, 362nd Mobile Public Affairs
The U.S. Army Reserve has a five-year cycle for
preparing, training and scheduling a unit for deployment. Under the Army
Force Generation (ARFORGEN) program units are scheduled to be mobilized
for one year and be home for four.
seen wearing reflective belts, observe a simulated
civilians-on-the-battlefield scenario during the Combat Support
Training Exercise 2010.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Fowler)
During those four years home, however, the units constantly are
training and gaining manpower for that year of deployment. A large part
of that is the training each unit conducts.
The Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 2010 at Fort McCoy is
designed for units in their fourth year of the ARFORGEN cycle. This
means each unit participating in the exercise is slated to be deployed
at some point in the upcoming year.
“CSTX is a culmination of a vision of the Army Reserve to implement a
training strategy that fits into the ARFORGEN cycle for the Army
Reserve,” said Brig. Gen. Walter B. Chahanovich, exercise director of
CSTX 2010 and commander of the 78th Training Brigade.
Through about the end of August, around 1,100 Soldiers will have
participated in several training exercises, which were split into
five-day increments. The training exercises were evaluated by
observer-controller-trainers provided by numerous commands.
An additional 1,600 Soldiers served as enablers and supported the other
Soldiers. The enablers also will be evaluated, but the emphasis was on
those 1,100 Soldiers entering the fourth year of the ARFORGEN cycle.
For the initial five days in the field, the 718th Transportation
Battalion, 275th Combat Support Battalion, and the 77th Sustainment
Brigade conducted a command post exercise. The companies supporting
these groups were at forward operating bases conducting situational
training exercises. The CSTX 2010 trained Soldiers to be the most highly
trained troops they can be in preparation for deployment.