By Mr. Darryl Howlett (First Army)June 2, 2016
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Thousands of Reserve and Active Component Soldiers will participate in a large military exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, as part of Multi-Echelon Integrated Brigade Training, or MIBT 16-01.
MIBT 16-01, which takes place June 4-24, is a training exercise designed to provide high-level combat training for National Guard brigade combat teams, also known as BCTs.
"This year's MIBT will be maneuver-based and will include critical gunnery training on various weapons systems," said Richard Fink, First Army's director of training. "More than 5,000 active and reserve component are participating in this year's MIBT."
MIBTs are designed to maximize collective training value, and is conducted in a unit's Annual Training status with minimal additional resources. The use of localized training areas support considerable cost savings.
The National Training Center on Fort Irwin, California, and the Joint Readiness Training Center on Fort Polk, Louisiana, are the Army's premiere combat training center facilities. However, due to throughput capacity constraints, National Guard BCTs are routinely offered only two CTC rotations. Thus, MIBT was designed to provide a "CTC-like" training opportunity for direction action training of our National Guard BCTs.
The Mississippi Army National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team will serve as the main unit being trained. First Army Division East's 177th Combined Arms Training Brigade, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, will serve as the lead training support unit. Soldiers from the active duty 1st Cavalry Division's, 2nd Brigade will serve as the opposing force.
Additional support units include the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard; 184th Sustainment Command, Mississippi Army National Guard; 980th Engineering Battalion, Texas Army National Guard; 75th Training Command (U.S. Army Reserve), Houston, Texas; and the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, (Army Reserve), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.