Arctic Lightening exercise conducts mission rehearsal
David Moore/ASA-Dix Staff Writer
The 78th Training Division's Arctic Lightening Warrior Exercise moved into a mission rehearsal phase at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. this week for about 2,600 Army Reserve Soldiers this week.
Spc. James Skaggs, left, and Spc. Ian Scott, both of the 811th Ordinance Co. from Rainelle, WV., hone their fighting skills at Army Support Activity-Fort Dix Jan. 13. The two Soldiers are part of a group of nearly 3500 participating in the Warrior Exercise being hosted by the ASA this month. (TSC/KMAR photo by Ed Mingin)
Spc. Daniel Porter, 391st MP Co., from Columbus, OH., acts as a ground guide, escorting an HMMWV during the Warrior Exercise taking place Jan. 13 at Army Support Activity-Fort Dix. Porter will be joined by nearly 3500 Soldiers who will be participating in the WAREX this month. (TSC/KMAR photo by Ed Mingin)
Spc. Brandon Witt, 275th Quartermaster, from Blackstone, Va., puts the laundry facility through its paces Jan. 13, preparing for nearly 3500 Soldiers coming to Army Support Activity-Fort Dix to participate in the Warrior Exercise. Soldiers from the 275th have been at the ASA since Jan. 11 setting up laundry and bath facilities and will be here for about three weeks. (TSC/KMAR photo by Ed Mingin)
The United States Army Reserve sponsored exercise comprising of nearly two dozen units are used to gauge a unit’s readiness to deploy under the Army Force Generation Model used to schedule training and deployment in what trainers call the ‘Ready Year.
Soldiers from military police, transporters, and engineer units started the exercise by in-processing at the Army Support Activity Fort Dix operated Contingency Operating Location (COL) that is used as a theater immersion training facility.
Master Sgt. James Greene, of the 78th Division, said early Tuesday, Jan. 13, that 1,300 Soldier were already processed for Arctic Lightening. Greene was working with Soldiers from the Army Reserves 649th Regional Support Group, headquartered out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“The weather has been challenging for us. But it’s typical this time of year for this part of the country,” Greene said. Temperatures have ranged from single digits to the high 50s since this exercise started at the beginning of the month with the arrival of trainers and unit advance party of Soldiers. High winds, snow and icy roads in austere training environments have confronted the event.
The 649th Soldiers mission is to process and support Soldiers transitioning through the COL and moving out to other training areas that some Soldiers called tactical training areas or TAAs. As part of Arctic Lightening training, Soldiers will replicate warfighting challenges they could be faced with when they move along the training areas between TAAs. replicating a contingency operation around the world.
The Army Reserve Soldiers with specific jobs will support each other’s units providing support to sustain the force in the field, including maintaining laundry and bath facilities and unit ministry support.
For example, Sgt. Michael Parzanese, of the 733rd Transportation Company, headquartered in Reading., Pa, was providing 2,000 gallons of water to the 275th Quartermaster Company, from Fort Picket, Va., operating a laundry system at the COL.
“Our mission at this point is to provide the water needed to operate all the laundry and showering points for the exercise,” he said.
Soldiers of the 974th Movement Control Team, of Buckeye, Az., had established a tactical operations center on the move, to fulfill the requirement of issuing trip tickets as part of their requirement to track vehicle convoys going in and out of different training areas.
“There is a requirement for Soldiers to fill out Theater Movement Requests and provide their clearance to move around from one post to the next on the battlefield,” 1st Lt. Henry Corretjer, detachment commander, said.
Soldiers participating Arctic Lightening are expected to have the warfighting skills tested next when Soldiers pa4rticipate in the field training exercise.
As the US Army transitions from war-time to peace-time operations, the 78th Training Division continues to harness years of combat experience and conduct unit evaluation to ensure operational preparedness of U.S. Army reserve units.
In related ASA-Dix Training news for the week, ASA-Fort Dix employees in addition to Arctic Lightening are 63 military organization this week comprising 6,000 personnel. Of that total, 720 personnel are being deployed or returning home this week.