• Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West and Commanding General, 85th Support Command; center speaking, with Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, Deputy Commanding General, 412th Theater Engineer Command; left of Dunn, and Brig. Gen. George Thompson, Commanding General, 86th Training Division; right of Dunn, make remarks during a morning briefing on the initial day of the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 conducted at Fort McCoy, Wis., Mar. 25.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    Army Reserve general officers receive Fort McCoy WAREX brief

    Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West and Commanding General, 85th Support Command; center speaking, with Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, Deputy Commanding General, 412th Theater Engineer Command...

  • Active component and Army Reserve Soldiers receive a daily update briefing from each of the supporting staff sections and key positions during the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 conducted at Fort McCoy, Wis., Mar. 25.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    WAREX support staff receives daily update briefing

    Active component and Army Reserve Soldiers receive a daily update briefing from each of the supporting staff sections and key positions during the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 conducted at Fort McCoy, Wis., Mar. 25. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st...

  • Lt. Col. Troy Anhalt, battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 338th Combat Sustainment Support Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade; left standing, briefs Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West, and Col. Shawn Klawunder, Brigade Commander, 181st Infantry Brigade about their supporting roles in the Warrior Exercise (WAREX 86-14-02) conducted at Fort McCoy, Wis. Mar. 25.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    First Army deputy commanding general receives brief

    Lt. Col. Troy Anhalt, battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 338th Combat Sustainment Support Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade; left standing, briefs Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West, and...

  • Luis Illescas, center, site lead for the Medical Simulation Training Center located at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, explains to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division West; left, about the state of the art medical training in the form of Medical Education and Demonstration of Individual Competence (MEDIC) training and testing, and Combat Lifesaver Course (CLC) training for the U.S. Army Reserve and other Department of Defense agencies. Illescas explained that their training aids are equipped with anatomical male and female external features; because when soldiers are searching for wounds, they tend to look over and miss wounds near the genitalia and breast area, Mar. 25.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    First Army Division-West leadership tours Fort McCoy?'s Medical Simulation Training Center

    Luis Illescas, center, site lead for the Medical Simulation Training Center located at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, explains to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division West; left, about the state of the art...

  • Pvt. Josh Wegler, 379th Chemical Company, Chicago, Ill. conducts rehearsals in reconnaissance and decontamination missions on the Virtual Battle-space 2 simulation training during this year's Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 conducted at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Mar. 25.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    Army Reserve soldiers conduct Virtual Battlespace 2 simulation training

    Pvt. Josh Wegler, 379th Chemical Company, Chicago, Ill. conducts rehearsals in reconnaissance and decontamination missions on the Virtual Battle-space 2 simulation training during this year's Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 conducted at Fort McCoy...

  • Capt. Joseph Garcia, right, 3rd Battalion, 335th Combat Sustainment Support Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade; speaks with exercise participants assigned on the main entry point at the mock Forward Operating Base, Fort McCoy, Wis. during the Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02, Mar. 26.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    FOB entry point exercise at WAREX

    Capt. Joseph Garcia, right, 3rd Battalion, 335th Combat Sustainment Support Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade; speaks with exercise participants assigned on the main entry point at the mock Forward Operating Base, Fort McCoy, Wis. during the Warrior...

  • 1st lt. Benjamin Gibbs, 329th Movement Control Team, Fort BragG, N.C.; explains to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West; of his team's mission tracking movements on the routes and on the mock Forward Operating Base during the WAREX 86-14-02 conducted at Fort McCoy, Wis., Mar. 26.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    First Army Division-West leadership visits troops at WAREX

    1st lt. Benjamin Gibbs, 329th Movement Control Team, Fort BragG, N.C.; explains to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West; of his team's mission tracking movements on the routes and on the mock...

  • Capt. Michael Webb, Materiel Officer with the 321st Ordinance Battalion, Charleston, West Virginia; explains to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West; about monitoring the stockage levels of the ammunition storage activity (ASA) maintained by the 802nd Ordinance Company, Mar. 26. 
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Anthony L. Taylor/Released)

    First Army Division-West leadership visits troops at WAREX

    Capt. Michael Webb, Materiel Officer with the 321st Ordinance Battalion, Charleston, West Virginia; explains to Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, Deputy Commanding General for Support, First Army Division-West; about monitoring the stockage levels of the...

FORT MCCOY, Wis. -- The 86th Training Division, based out of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin with the 84th Training Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky; partnered up with the 75th Training Command, Houston, Texas; the Medical Readiness & Training Command, San Antonio, Texas; and First Army, Rock Island, Illinois; with First Army, Division-West, Fort Hood, Texas; launching this year's Warrior Exercise (WAREX) 86-14-02 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Mar. 25.

The WAREX training (conducted through April 11) provides an environment for soldiers to practice their functional capabilities in a Combat Training Center-like environment according to Brig. Gen. George Thompson, Commanding General, 86th Training Division. Thompson further shared end goals for the estimated 5,000 Soldiers participating in the exercise.

"At the end of this exercise, every soldier on the ground will have learned new things and will have increased their functional capabilities," said Thompson." If they (soldiers) were mobilized to go perform a mission into the ready pool, they would be able to perform their mission to the maximum extent and come home safely."

The 181st Infantry Brigade, First Army Division-West; located in Fort McCoy, Wis., typically supports Army Reserve exercises such as the WAREX and the Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) in addition to National Guard exercises held there. Their support includes working with platoon and company-level units to meet their commander's training objectives of functional training in a tactical environment.

"We work with the OPFOR (Opposing Force) and embedded observer-controller/trainers to provide the right training environment to allow (unit commanders) to meet their training
objectives," said Col. Shawn Klawuder, 181st Infantry Brigade commander.

Lt. Col. Troy Anhalt, battalion commander of the 1st Battalion, 338th Combat Sustainment Support Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade; explained that his unit the "Badger" battalion has three significant roles in this exercise. The first is coordination with the OPFOR for the entire exercise; the second is to ensure that the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) equipment on soldiers and vehicles are operational to enhance training value; and the third role is Military Occupational Specialty-specific observer-controller/trainers to support the requirements of their other battalions.

"We now have a lot more direct coordination between OPFOR observer-controller/trainers and the observer-controller/trainers that are in the battalions, embedded with the training audience units," said Anhalt. "So that direct coordination can tailor all of the OPFOR injects (scenarios during training), and the mission to the specific needs of that training audience so that they get the best training value from that exercise."

During the initial days of the exercise, Brig. Gen. Gracus K. Dunn, deputy-commanding general for support of First Army, Division-West; visited the WAREX training sites to learn the roles and responsibilities of the supporting units on the ground there.

The 85th Support Command, Chicago-based unit, and under Dunn's dual-roled command responsibilities, provided personnel in support of the 75th Training Command's Great Lakes Division G6/Information Technology team across an eight week period there.

"They (75th TC) have chiefs and junior soldiers, but were short of senior noncommissioned officers and officers," said Col. David Torgerson, 85th Support Command G6/Information Technology section chief. "The 85th Support Command is providing our signal officers, and senior noncommissioned officers, and spreading them across (in support of the training). For us, it gives our older signal officers a look at the new technology. It's been a great
opportunity for our signal officers. I hope we get to do it every year."

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