Fort McCoy News July 22, 2016

CBRN units participate in 2016 Red Dragon exercise

BY MAJ. SAMUEL A. RICHARDSON
415th Chemical Brigade

Soldiers participating in the Red Dragon exercise at Fort McCoy train at the Wheeled Vehicle Driving Course July 11 on Fort McCoy's North Post.
Soldiers participating in the Red Dragon exercise at Fort McCoy train at
the Wheeled Vehicle Driving Course July 11 on Fort McCoy's North Post.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol


A Soldier participating in the 2016 Red Dragon exercise at Fort McCoy puts on Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology protection garments July 12 during training.
A Soldier participating in the 2016 Red Dragon exercise at Fort McCoy
puts on Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology protection
garments July 12 during training.
Contributed photo

Approximately 850 Soldiers associated with Army chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) units are training at Fort McCoy July 9-23 for the 2016 Red Dragon exercise.

Red Dragon is the largest Army Reserve exercise that focuses on CBRN operations, according to the 415th Chemical Brigade, lead unit for the training and headquartered in Greenville, S.C.

The exercise traditionally is conducted at Fort McCoy in tandem with a Warrior Exercise to benefit from the logistical requirements of both exercises.

The 2016 Red Dragon exercise includes Soldiers from 21 different units ranging from the company to major subordinate command level.

Soldiers are conducting reception, staging, onward movement, and integration in addition to warfighting and CBRN functional missions during the exercise.

Additionally, Soldiers have completed numerous mandatory briefs and have been screened for medical and dental requirements.

At the company level, the focus is troop-leading procedures, pre-combat checks, pre-combat inspections, and mission execution.

Simultaneously, at the brigade and battalion level, the focus is mission command of those companies.