FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2010) - An important cooperative training milestone was reached Tuesday, as leaders of the U.S. Army Forces Command/U.S. Army Reserve Command Special Troops Battalion (STB) administered the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) to Soldiers of the battalion for the first time, here.

The FORSCOM/USARC STB is a new organization, established by leaders of FORSCOM and USARC, to provide administrative support, training and disciplinary authority for the Soldiers of both commands.

"We wanted to establish a foundation for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Forces Command and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Reserve Command to work together and conduct a training event," said 1st Sgt. Blaine Huston, HHC, USARC. "This was the first cooperative training event for the STB."

Huston said the companies pooled their resources and conducted a solid APFT, setting the conditions for testing a much larger group at the end of October.

"This (the APFT) allowed us to test our plans and take a good look at ourselves," said Huston. "By the end of the month, when we'll have a group of about thirty Soldiers to test, we'll have worked out any bugs and established what right looks like."

Another benefit of the APFT was the coordination between members of the two commands, said Huston.

"As USARC and FORSCOM move here to Fort Bragg from Fort McPherson, Georgia, and work out of the same facility, we'll have to come together," he said. "Our companies are on the leading edge of the relocation, and the APFT emphasized the cooperation that's necessary for us all to be successful."