Christmas 1944 was a difficult time for our Screaming Eagles holding Bastogne, Belgium. It came in the midst of the famous Battle of the Bulge, the last-ditch major German offensive in which the German high command threw thousands of tanks and troops into what was perceived to be the weak point in the Allied lines, deep in the Ardennes region of northeastern France. It turned out to be one of our finest moments. Today, our division celebrates the holiday season while we again have troops serving overseas in defense of our nation.
- Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Ky., in a letter to his Soldiers, Dec. 9, 2012.
Soldiers worldwide launch holiday activities
You have to have a plan before boots hit ground and be ready to implement it right away. Communications is what ties everything to a plan, so if you can't establish communications, your plan will fall apart. That's why we start here. If you are not mission ready it will go bad from day one and when it goes bad you can't crawl from out of that hole.
- Sgt. Maj. Robert Leimer, the operations sergeant major for the 1st Ironhorse Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, as they prepare for future missions with a Tactical Operations Center Exercise, Dec. 3 to 6.
Ironhorse prepares for future exercises
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Unified Endeavor 13-1
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 (IJC) and Regional Command (RC) South. Participating in the training are members of III Corps, from Fort Hood, Texas, and NATO's Rapid Deployment Command. Specialists from NATO's Joint Warfare Center (JWC) 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 Campbell, Ky., Fort Hood, Texas., Camp Lejune, N.C., Suffolk, Va., Bydgoszcz, Poland, and Stavanger, Norway. All together there are more than a dozen 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 second 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.
101st Airborne gets 'put through the paces' during Unified Endeavor 13-1
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