Our natural tendency would be to return to old and comfortable habits. We cannot afford to do this. We have to move toward a more integrated force. We must aggressively eliminate unnecessary redundancy. We must be more in our approach to interoperability and more efficient in our employment by leveraging the experience and capabilities of our partners -- both internal and external.
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, in his speech to Conference of European Armies, Sept 20, 2011
Sept. 20, 2011 - Chief of Staff of the Army address to Conference of European Armies
The way (civilians) do their training, they won't actually treat a (bleeding wound) at first. They'll check (the) airway and breathing, whereas with us, we're more trauma-related. If (civilian EMS workers) were to come into a scenario that we're used to, hopefully they can take away that they should stop the bleeding before (the patient) bleeds out.
-Spc. Jacob Foster, a medic with 1-87 Infantry, speaks of the benefits of a cooperative training day to cross-train the civilian EMS workers on the Army's systematic approach to medical training, at the Medical Simulation Training Center, Fort Drum, NY
Civilian EMS workers get a dose of Army medic life
Full-Spectrum Training Environment Exercise
What is it?
Full-Spectrum Training Environment (FSTE) simultaneously incorporates the complexities of 21st century threats such as adaptive hybrid elements, terrorists and criminals, irregular and conventional forces into a training event. The Army's newest FSTE exercise, ongoing now until Oct. 22th at the Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Hohenfels training area, uses wrap-around training environment which combines the physical training area with computer-aided synthetic expansion of the battlefield to enhance exercise play. Unique among the Army's Combined Training Centers, the Europe based JMTC is able to conduct this FSTE exercise with participants from eleven partner nations along with U.S. Army forces including the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade.
What has the Army done?
Early FSTE training identified operational and tactical knowledge and skill gaps in Soldiers and junior officers due to the nature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Consequently, the Army has changed its doctrine to Wide Area Security and Combined Arms Maneuver (WAS CAM).
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As the ISAF and Iraq missions transition, Brigade Combat Teams will have more opportunity to plan, prepare and execute FSTE rotations. CTCs are organizing to support FSTE style rotations where BCTs will be challenged by an adaptive enemy in a complex operational environment. The U.S. Army in Europe is breaking the paradigm of counterinsurgency (COIN)-centric training by applying the Army's new WAS CAM doctrine in current and future FSTE exercises. In USAREUR, these exercises include forces from our nation's current and future coalition partners. The next U.S. Army Europe FSTE rotation is planned for October 2012.
Why is this important to the Army?
USAREUR's JMTC will continue to use FSTE rotations to posture the Army to effectively respond to a broader range of contingency missions in today's and tomorrow's complex operating environments. FSTE exercises provide a more comprehensive approach training Soldiers and units to fight in the most demanding and complex operating environments alongside our allies and partner nations preventing future conflict through strengthened allies and deterrence while preparing to prevail if called upon.
FSTE in Europe
U.S. Army Europe
U.S. Army Europe News page
7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command
STAND-TO! Unified Quest 2011 Combined Arms Maneuver and Wide Area Security Tabletop Wargame
Full-spectrum training under way for U.S. Army Europe Soldiers, multinational partners
Full-Spectrum Training Environment tests medical support, ground forces together
Full-spectrum training tests Europe's forces together
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