The 86th Training Division at Fort McCoy is conducting Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 86-19-03 from July 13 to Aug. 2 at the installation.

The 86th is holding the exercise as part of the U.S. Army Reserve commanding general's Combat Support Training Program (CSTP). Thousands of service members with the Army as well as other military services and foreign militaries are participating in the multinational exercise.

CSTX 86-19-03 is the first of two CSTXs by the 86th taking place at Fort McCoy this year. According to the 84th Training Command, CSTP exercises are large-scale training exercises where units experience tactical training scenarios specifically designed to replicate real-world missions.

"CSTP exercises prepare ... Army Reserve units to be combat-ready by immersing them in realistic scenarios where they train as they would fight," states an 84th document about the exercises. "These exercises are developed to improve ... units' training readiness and to assess how they perform in a dynamic operational environment."

Installation garrison and tenant organization personnel also are providing food, shelter, and other support to help make the exercise successful.

Fort McCoy Food Program Manager Andy Pisney with the Logistics Readiness Center (LRC) said the installation is providing full food-service contract support, through DCT Inc., to operate dining facility 2674 for the cantonment-based CSTX units.

"We are feeding around 600 people per mealtime at breakfast and dinner," Pisney said. "Lunch is a Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE)."

The Subsistence Supply Management Office (SSMO), which also is part of the food-service program with the Fort McCoy LRC, issued bulk rations to the CSTX Class I point.

Estimated subsistence and ice quantities issued by the SSMO include 13,448 cases (161,376 meals) of MREs; 340 (6,120 meals) cases of heater/shelf-stable meals; 1,780 modules (89,000 meals) of unitized group rations; 6,042 bags (120,840 pounds) of bagged ice; and hundreds of other meal enhancements, such as milk, fruits, vegetables, salad, dressings, and cereal.

"The subsistence drawn by the CSTX Class I break point is reconfigured and distributed to eight different field kitchen sites," Pisney said. "These field kitchen sites are being operated by CSTX military 92G (culinary specialists) personnel."

The Directorate of Public Works Training Facility Support Branch (TFSB) also has 357 post facilities issued to support the CSTX training, said Dustin Roberts with Integrated Logistics Services that supports the TFSB.

Issued facilities include two integrated tactical training base dining facilities (DFACs), six cantonment-area DFACs, six arms vaults, 110 basic officer quarters, 155 barracks, 19 classroom facilities, 35 administrative buildings, three brigade headquarter buildings, and 21 maintenance bays.

Troops deployed to the exercise also are supported by observer-coach/trainers from several units associated with the 181st Multi-Functional Training Brigade, a Fort McCoy tenant organization. Plus, throughout North Post and South Post, exercise participants are utilizing training areas and ranges managed by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security.

Brad Stewart, DPTMS director, said the installation is an ideal place to hold exercises like CSTX because of the many capabilities available.

"We have the right kind of communications systems, live-fire capabilities, training villages, simulation facilities, and open terrain that allows the combat support and combat service support units to train here," Stewart said. "Fort McCoy is a great location to do this because we have built this combat training center-like environment here that really allows units to train to their mission-essential tasks."

The second CSTX planned by the 86th will take place in August and includes other subordinate exercises taking place with it, such as Global Medic, Patriot Warrior, Northern Strike, and Nationwide Move.

Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services each year since 1984.

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