Courage Ready 18-02 is an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise conducted to challenge and test a unit's abilities to rapidly deploy, improve tactical proficiency, and improve unit cohesion.

With readiness being the Army's number one priority, I Corps units regularly conduct short and no notice EDREs.

During Courage Ready 18-02, Soldiers from Charger Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment deployed with little notice from Fort Wainwright, AK to Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA, to test their ability to rapidly, deploy, fight and win alongside Soldier's from 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

"Courage Ready 18-02 clearly demonstrates that 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division and my unit, the Lancer Brigade are trained and ready to deploy, fight, and win wherever our leadership requires us," said the Commander of 2-2SBCT Col. Jay Miseli. "This challenging and critical training event proves that readiness is our number one priority."

Successful execution of the EDRE takes a total team effort. It demonstrates the benefits of maintaining and enhancing interoperability, trust and partnership between DOD, interagency, state and local officials.