In 1996, after only three years in operation, the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, La., opened Peason Ridge for live-fire training. At the time, the focus of combined arms live-fire exercises (CALFEXs) was on the platoon and company levels. After a decade of focusing on counterinsurgency and full spectrum operations, JRTC shifted its focus. In 2012, the implementation of unified land operations in a decisive action training environment (DATE) began with Rotation 13-01. Since then, DATE scenarios have become common place at JRTC. And with this change comes the return of the CALFEX. However, this is not the CALFEX of the 1990s.
In February 2016, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) executed a redesigned walk and shoot TEWT with the objective of training company and platoon leadership in the art and science of employing both indirect and direct fires, multiple enablers, and maneuver elements to achieve synchronized combined arms maneuver. Such training is invaluable to our company leaders as they prepare to lead their formations in company combined arms live-fire exercises (CALFEXs) and should be built into the standard training progressions for maneuver leaders and units.
Graphic control measures are an essential component of a ground tactical plan. They facilitate shared understanding by creating a common language used to depict time and space. Despite the importance of graphic control measures during multinational operations, observer-coach-trainers (OCTs) at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany consistently observe limited or poor graphic control measures during multinational training exercises. Use of high-quality graphic control measures will dramatically affect the interoperability of multinational task forces by creating shared understanding despite cultural and linguistic differences.
In the summer of 2015, the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, embraced a new and complex challenge with Exercise Swift Response 15 (SR15). SR15 was a combined airborne joint forcible entry exercise designed to integrate multiple allied nations’ high-readiness forces to operate as a cohesive team and demonstrate NATO’s capacity to rapidly deploy and maintain a strong and secure Europe. This article includes some of the key lessons learned regarding JMRC’s role in training future GRF units and some proposals to maximize the use of JMRC to provide the Army more capable readiness forces for geographic combatant commanders.
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