Soldiers with the division's Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion prepare to convoy to the field Wednesday for the start of Mountain Peak 2012, where they will train for two weeks in a deployed atmosphere.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Thousands of 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers will kick off a large-scale field training exercise next week -- one of the largest of its kind in division history -- throughout Fort Drum's training areas.

Mountain Peak is a 10th Mountain Division training event designed to externally evaluate subordinate units before their mission rehearsal exercises.

The intensive training will give Soldiers the skills needed for future deployments while offering them the know-how to operate in a deployed environment.

The large exercise also will be used to evaluate 1st Brigade Combat Team and 2nd Brigade Combat Team's Security Force Advise and Assist Teams.

Over the next two weeks, brigades from the division will transition from garrison to training sites located on Fort Drum. Once the brigades are at these locations, units will train on collective warfighting skills, including convoy movements, setting up field sites, soldiering tasks, command and control, weapons and equipment qualifications, live-fire exercises and air-assault operations.

With 3rd BCT Soldiers being the most recent returnees from deployment, they will take on the role as the opposing forces as well as observers-controllers.

The division will assess the different units in key areas where they might need improvement and provide guidance to the respective unit.

The 10th Mountain Division's (LI) mission is to train, deploy, fight and win. Currently all of the brigades are in a training phase of operations. They will train on the light infantry critical tasks and fundamentals that will serve the division well in almost any theater of operation.

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