Fort McCoy News August 23, 2013

443rd Transportation Company participates in CSTX

BY SPC. HECTOR COREA
366th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The 443rd Transportation Company, under the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command, participated in a Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) at Fort McCoy during August.

The CSTX is designed to train and prepare U.S. Army Reserve units for deployment readiness.

Photo for 443rd article
Army Reserve Soldiers of the 443rd Transportation Company, under the
451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command, react to a simulated attack
to their convoy while participating in the Combat Support Training Exercise.
The Aug. 7 training tested the Elkhorn, Neb.-based unit with casualty
evaluation, first aid, and advanced convoy operating procedures during
a chemical and direct fire attack scenario.
Photo by Staff Sgt. David Nunn

"Our mission is to relocate heavy equipment for the CSTX, and also react to (operations orders) as needed," said Capt. Adrian Ortiz, commander of the 443rd Transportation Company. "We have Soldiers who are training in all aspects of warrior tasks and drills."

Soldiers of the 443rd performed a variety of missions, including convoy operations, heavy equipment transportation, and virtual battle simulations.

"The convoy operation was an awesome experience," said Spc. Haley Cumpton, a motor transport operator with the 443rd. "It helps you get familiarized with situations to know what to do and how to react."

In addition to simulated battlefield situations, Soldiers of the 443rd transported heavy equipment and also had the opportunity to train in a virtual battle space simulator.

"The Dismounted Soldier Training System offers realistic battlefield simulations and can be used to teach doctrine, tactics and procedures during squad patrolling," said 1st Lt. Christina Williams, a nurse with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital.

"It's really awesome training; I love it," said Cumpton. "It really tests your ability to communicate effectively."

The variety of missions tested leadership capabilities, requiring close cooperation between noncommissioned officers and enlisted Soldiers to accomplish their tasks to standard.

"The leadership is very engaged with their Soldiers," said Ortiz. "Our (noncommissioned officers) are able to sharpen their leadership skills and work as a team."

The CSTX is designed to validate the 443rd for deployment-ready status.

"We're hoping to get a positive validation," said Ortiz. "We'd like to tell the Army the 443rd is ready to deploy."

Regardless of the outcome of their evaluation, 443rd Soldiers are taking advantage of the opportunity to train their skill proficiencies in an engaging environment.

"We've been practicing lots of cool things," said Cumpton. "Everyone knows their jobs, and everyone works together to get the mission done."