FORT McCOY, Wis. -- A Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort McCoy July 11-31 trained the Army Reserve units involved in collective Army Warrior Tasks and continued to prepare the units for training/deployment in the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) model.

Col. Bryan Wampler, exercise director from the 78th Training Brigade (Operations) from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., said the exercise emphasized forward operating base (FOB) defense and convoy lanes training.

A total of 3,800 engineer, combat-service-support and combat-surgical unit personnel and personnel identified for potential mobilization were selected to participate in WAREX, he said. These units, in year three of the ARFORGEN training cycle, will participate in another exercise next year to complete their preparations for deployment.

"The units were training on collective Army Warrior Tasks at the battalion level and below for the first time in their current ARFORGEN cycle," Wampler said. "If the Army needs them, the units or individuals from the units could be deployed after this training."

The WAREX began with a staff exercise to train the leaders on the military decision-making process, with the staff operating out of Tactical Operations Centers or FOBs.

After this phase, the WAREX had a situational training exercise, with leaders receiving missions, implementing the military decision-making process, and the units and the Soldiers carrying out the missions, he said.

The 86th Training Brigade at Fort McCoy helped fill out the exercise staff, Wampler said.

Military personnel who will be deployed served as the mayors in the designated FOB areas at Fort McCoy, he said. Many of these personnel already have been deployed so they added real-world knowledge/scenarios to the training.

McCoy personnel provided excellent support to ensure the exercise had the training areas, facilities and support it needed to conduct the training, Wampler said.