Fort McCoy News June 26, 2015

Troops practice skills at Fort McCoy during CSTX 2015

More than 6,000 service members from U.S. service components including Army, Air Force, and Navy (active, Guard, and Reserve) as well as British and Canadian forces combined in June to practice their military skills for the 2015 Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) at Fort McCoy.

Soldiers prepare Stryker tactical vehicles for an escort convoy during the Combat Support Training Exercise. Photos by Tech. Sgt. Joshua J. Garcia

The exercise is part of the larger Global Lightning exercise, in which the 78th Training Division, 75th Training Division, First Army, and 3rd Medical Training Brigade train and evaluate participating units progressing through the Army Force Generation (AFROGEN) cycle. The exercise occurred on and between seven U.S.-based installations, including Fort McCoy.

Global Lighting demonstrates the Army Reserve's commitment to hosting comprehensive training to ensure operational readiness of the Total Force. Global Lightning also contains two integrated exercises — Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise (QLLEX) and Global Medic. QLLEX is an annual logistical-movement event that transports petroleum and purified water throughout the United States. Global Medic assesses the medical functionality and interoperability of multiple U.S. services and their foreign counterparts.

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First Lt. Mark Edwards, 46th Chemical Company of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., operates a 50-caliber machine gun during a convoy mission in support of the exercise.

CSTX participants operated from several Fort McCoy locations on North Post and South Post. Areas used included Forward Operating Bases Liberty and Freedom; Tactical Training Bases Independence, Justice, and Patriot; and camps set up at Big Sandy Lake and Young Air Assault Strip. Many units also operated from the installation cantonment area.

For more photographs of CSTX operations, click here.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the 78th Training Division.)