By Staff Sgt. Josephine AmpleyApril 23, 2014
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The Mission Command Training Program out of Fort Leavenworth, Kan., sent several operations groups to include Operations Group Sierra to Fort Bragg, N.C., in support of Warfighter 14-04 April 7-17, 2014.
The purpose of this exercise was to test the 82nd Airborne Division's ability to perform as the nucleus of a combined, joint task force headquarters.
Among the units being trained was the 90th Sustainment Brigade, an Army Reserve unit out of Little Rock, Ark.
The 1st Theater Sustainment Command and 43rd SB both played higher and subordinate roles throughout the exercise. The training consisted of digital battle tracking to create a realistic training environment for the 90th SB staff.
"This was really good training for our Soldiers. They did pretty well training on their individual tasks and this gives them the opportunity to bring it all together," said Command Sgt. Maj. Lorne Quebodeaux, 90th Sustainment Brigade senior enlisted advisor. "We learned a lot of new techniques accomplishing our mission."
The training event began about a year ago as a combination of planning and training between the MCTP's Operations Group Sierra, 90th SB, 43rd SB, and 1st TSC. Ops Group Sierra deployed about 25 observers and coaches in support of the exercise.
"We collaborated with all of our operations groups out of the MCTP to help replicate the entire environment of Combined Joint Task Force -- 82," said Lt. Col. Michael Essary, Operations Group Sierra Observer coach trainer team lead. "The purpose overall is to allow them to train on mission command and staff functions so if they are called to deploy it will not be their first time being put into that situation."
Preparation for the role of the 90th SB in the Warfighter exercise started with a mission command training week in November 2013 provided by Operations Group Sierra. The training, which took place in Little Rock, Ark., consisted of a four-day classroom style interactive discussion based on the aspects of mission command.
"The 90th SB commander established several training objectives so we modeled the exercise based on that," said Essary.
MCTP's mission is to support the collective training of Army units as directed by the Chief of Staff of the Army and scheduled by U.S. Army Forces Command in accordance with the Army Force Generation process at worldwide locations in order to train leaders and provide commanders the opportunity to train on mission command in unified land operations.
(The 1st Theater Sustainment Command provides command and control of Army deployment and sustainment operations conducted in support of joint and multinational operations across the range of military operations. With its headquarters at Fort Bragg, the 1st TSC provides and manages sustainment operations at bases in Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Afghanistan. For more information go to: http://www.bragg.army.mil/1stTSC/Pages/default.aspx, or visit us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/1stTheaterSustainmentCommand )