Fort McCoy News May 26, 2017

Soldiers trainin CBRN defense, operations

during 2017 Red Dragon exercise

Approximately 480 Soldiers associated with Army chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) units trained at Fort McCoy from April 29 to May 13 for the 2017 Red Dragon exercise.

Red Dragon is the largest Army Reserve exercise that focuses on CBRN operations, according to the 209th Regional Support Group, the lead unit for the exercise, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. The exercise traditionally is conducted at Fort McCoy in tandem with a Warrior Exercise to benefit from the logistical requirements of both exercises.

According to the Army Reserve, Red Dragon is an exercise focused on supporting joint land forces performing operations in a CBRN environment. Soldiers are trained and assessed on tasks supporting CBRN defense at the individual, crew, and section levels in a field environment.

Also, the training helps improve Soldier proficiency to minimize or negate the vulnerability to, and effects of, CBRN attacks, the Reserve definition of the exercise states. The brigade and battalion staffs participating in the exercise also conduct concurrent mission-command training that also culminates in an integrated training event.

The 2017 Red Dragon exercise included Soldiers in 11 different units ranging from the company to major subordinate-command level.

Soldiers conducted reception, staging, onward movement, and integration in addition to warfighting and CBRN functional missions during the exercise, said Staff Sgt Justin Eller, a health readiness coordinator with the 209th who served as the acting public affairs point of contact for the exercise.

Other major training events during the 2017 exercise included reconnaissance and decontamination operations; surveillance; a Logistics Health Incorporated medical event; M16 weapons qualification; and required classes, including transgender training, a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program refresher, and suicide-awareness training, Eller said.

Fort McCoy has supported America's armed forces since 1909. The installation’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” The post’s varied terrain, state-of-the-art ranges, new as well as renovated facilities, and extensive support infrastructure, combine to provide military personnel with an environment in which to develop and sustain the skills necessary for mission success.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and 209th Regional Support Group.)