Fort McCoy News May 24, 2013

181st Infantry Brigade supports WAREX 2013

BY MAJ. JOHN H. SMITH III
181st Infantry Brigade Public Affairs Office

Warrior Exercise 2013 (78th Training Division) commenced in full force at Fort McCoy April 27 with support from the 181st Infantry Brigade.

Approximately 4,000 Army Reserve Soldiers participated in the exercise, which evaluates combat readiness in accordance with the Army Force Generation model.

Trainer/mentors (formerly known as "Observer/Controllers" or "OCs") of the 1st, 310th and 3rd, 340th Infantry Battalions, augmented by additional trainer/mentors from First Army, set up the training and conducted the exercise in partnership with the 78th Training Division and the 2nd Brigade, 75th Training Division, both headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey (formerly known as Fort Dix).

Trainer/mentors do not train in the exercise but lend their support by evaluating the training units, mentoring leaders, enforcing the Exercise Rules of Engagement, serving as additional safety officers, and facilitating after-action review sessions (AARs).

The exercise challenged a wide variety of units, including quartermasters, transportation specialists, military police, engineers, and even unit ministry teams.

Unit tasks included convoy operations, engagements with local nationals, tactical assembly area security, and other battle warrior tasks and drills.

Weather was a challenge as well, as units dealt with rain, frost, lightning, and hot sunshine during the same week when temperatures varied from highs in the 90s to lows in the 20s.

The 181st leaders are compiling their AARs from the event, and plan to use the information to improve future training exercises at Fort McCoy.

The exercise ended May 17.