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December 14, 2012


78th uses conference to prepare for WAREX

Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Military personnel from the 78th Training Division (Operations) of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (U.S. Army Support Activity-Fort Dix), N.J. and representatives of units that will participate in a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) next May at Fort McCoy held a conference at the installation in November to coordinate strategy.

Maj. Jeff Carter, the deputy G-7 for training of the 78th Training Division, said personnel involved in WAREX came to Fort McCoy to coordinate training requirements and also to observe and identify their training sites. The 78th helps coordinate the WAREX training and ensures units successfully accomplish their missions.
PHOTO: Soldiers who will participate in the Warrior Exercise use a map to help visualize training scenarios. Photo by Rob Schuette
Members of the 78th Training Division and representatives from units that will participate in the Warrior Exercise use a map to help visualize training scenarios.

“We won’t use a lot of the typical training sites at Fort McCoy for WAREX,” Carter said. “The Soldiers will be in a tactical mode during the training. During the conference participants prepared a mission analysis briefing from their tactical orders so they can convey an understanding of what their mission is during the execution phase of the exercise.”

“The exercise will help them prepare for future deployments, although no units participating in WAREX have been identified for deployment at this time,” he added.

Holding the conference at Fort McCoy also helps all of the participants and the 78th coordinate training requirements with installation personnel, Carter said.

These can include vehicle, housing or lodging, and use of training areas, he added.

The conference attendees also could meet with representatives of Equipment Concentration Site-67, an Army Reserve equipment staging/maintenance site at Fort McCoy. Carter said this helps them ensure necessary equipment is available and helps reduce the need for units to bring or ship their equipment to Fort McCoy for the exercise. This also helps save time and money as many units involved in the exercise will travel a considerable distance to train at Fort McCoy.

PHOTO: Soldiers attending a pre-training conference for the upcoming Warrior Exercise at Fort McCoy plan strategy. Photo by Rob Schuette
Soldiers attending a pre-training conference for the upcoming Warrior Exercise at Fort McCoy plan strategy.

McCoy is an excellent location to hold an exercise of this magnitude, featuring several thousand Soldiers, as it has sufficient infrastructure, a support system and assets available to host a large-scale exercise, he said.

After the training this year, the 78th will host similar exercises at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the following fiscal year., he said.

Craig Meeusen, Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Military Training Coordination Branch chief, said any military organization or unit that conducts pre-training conferences at Fort McCoy has a myriad of services available. This includes lodging, food service, classrooms, multimedia/visual-information support and large conference facilities.

“Another great benefit for units to come here and hold pre-training conferences is they get to see firsthand the improvements we’ve done and increased capabilities available at the installation since their last visit,” Meeusen said. “Just a few of the recent improvements and capabilities that will be new this year are the Combined Arms Collective Training Facility, with instrumentation and after-action review center; the Dismounted Soldier Training System; a new two-story brick-and-mortar (Annual Training and Mobilization) barracks and new loading ramps in the central receiving and shipping point.”

Fort McCoy and its work force stand ready to do everything possible to make an organization’s or unit’s training mission at the installation a success, Meeusen said.

The installation serves as a Total Force Training Center to support functional exercises and can underpin the readiness of the force by supporting individual and collective training up to brigade-sized elements.

With all of its assets, Fort McCoy strives to be the training installation of choice by offering varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges and extensive mission support, such as infrastructure and unparalleled customer service, he said.

Maj. Michael Robinson, the WAREX action officer for the 78th Training Division, said the conference gave attendees the opportunity to review their assets to support the training and what they would need.

“We will check to see if we have the items they need,” Robinson said. “If we don’t have them, we know we can fall back on the installation to get them.”

“Fort McCoy provides us an excellent training environment and top-notch support,” he added. “Their support gives us the capability to accomplish our mission.”

For more information about conducting large-scale exercises at Fort McCoy, call Meeusen at 608-388-8589.

For more information about scheduling Fort McCoy training facilities, call Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721/4121.

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