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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, April 6 2012

Today's Focus:

Unified Endeavor

Senior Leaders are Saying

The Army is going to continue to have incredible opportunities for all our Soldiers. You are going to continue to have great potential for promotions and to continue to improve yourself.

- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno talking to U.S. Army Europe about future Army opportunities during his tour of the European Theater, April 3, 2012.

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What They're Saying

We just want to celebrate the excellence in our children because they do make a lot of sacrifices with their parents deploying and they often have to move away from their grandparents and aunts and uncles. It's important for us to let them know how special they are and how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make each and every day.

- Brenda Spencer-Ragland, director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Fort Sill, Okla., speaking of the kick-off celebration of the Month of the Military Children, April 2.

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Today's Focus

Unified Endeavor

What is it?

Unified Endeavor is a multi-tiered command post mission rehearsal exercise, primarily hosted by the U.S. Army Europe at Grafenwoehrs Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) in Germany. The exercise trains the next headquarters assuming the roles of International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), ISAF Joint Command and Regional Command (RC) South.

Participating in the training are NATO's Allied Forces Command Madrid forming the core of the ISAF HQ, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR's) V Corps, EUROCORPS and NATO Rapid Deployable Corps-Spain comprising the core of the ISAF Joint Command and 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Ga., assuming the role as RC South. Training specialists from NATO's Joint Warfare Center (JWC) Joint Staff's Joint Center for Warfighting and the Army's Mission Command Training Program oversee and provide feedback on the training.

The exercise trains, rehearses and contributes to each of these headquarters assuming their roles in Afghanistan in the coming year. While the bulk of the training will take place at the JMTC in Germany, units are participating from Hurlburt Field, Fla., Fort Stewart, Ga., Fort Lee, Va., Bydgoszcz, Poland, Stavanger, Norway. All together there are 28 countries participating.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Europe, through JMTC's Joint Multinational Simulation Center, has combined efforts with NATO's JWC and JCS's JCW, to develop realistic, challenging training scenarios and architecture providing training in a Realistic Operational Environment with an opportunity to rehearse the mission with an Operational Focus. Teaming in this effort are the Army's Training and Doctrine Command and Forces Command, as well as the USAF Air Combat Command.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Headquarters operating in Afghanistan must be prepared to face a challenging and evolving environment. USAREUR, working with all other partners in this exercise, is for the first time hosting this intensive exercise training across the command spectrum. This exercise establishes a new standard to train combined/coalition commands leading the fight in Afghanistan and wherever needed, working together with our nation's current and future coalition partners.

Why is this important to the Army?

USAREUR's JMTC provides a unique capability for combined training. This exercise demonstrates how JMTC not only provides key tactical training for coalition personnel and units, but is the choice for training combined headquarters for future missions. It postures the Army to effectively integrate into a challenging multilingual/multicultural situation in today's and tomorrow's complex operating environments and sets the benchmark in a comprehensive training approach.

Resources:

U.S. Army Europe
Army.mil: Europe news

Related article: Unified Endeavor: Multinational servicemembers train together in Grafenwoehr

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