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OPERATION COLD STEEL

Cold Steel

The world is rapidly changing, but one thing is constant:  the U.S. Army Reserve is the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal reserve force in the history of the Nation.

The Army Reserve remains the dedicated federal reserve of the most decisive and lethal land force in the world, ready to fight and win the Nation’s wars.

OPERATION COLD STEEL will execute individual and vehicle crew-served weapons platform qualifications through multiple, rotations at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, (Oct. 15-Nov. 23, 2017), Fort Knox, Kentucky, (March-April 2018), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, (Feb. 27-May 20, 2018), and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (July-Aug. 2018) U.S. Army Reserve soldiers will train and qualify on M2, M19, and M240B weapons systems in ground and mounted military vehicle platforms to include Humvees, FMTVs, HEMTTs, and HETs. 
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Task Force Triad wraps up Cold Steel II
U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers fire a M240B machine gun during night qualifications during Operation Cold Steel II, at Fort McCoy, Wis., March 20, 2018.  Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Devona Felgar/301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)
June 30, 2018 - From Feb. 19 to May 31, thousands of Reserve Soldiers trained at Fort McCoy as part of Operation Cold Steel (OCS) II. OCS operations at Fort McCoy were run by Task Force Triad, which was hosted by the 416th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Darien, Ill.

On the road to awesome: An interview with LTG Charles D. Luckey
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief, U.S. Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, explains the purpose of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle for the future of the Army Reserve with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the Regional Medic exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., March 11, 2018. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Noel Williams/U.S.Army Reserve Command)
May 2, 2018 - As the chief of the Army Reserve and commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Lt. Gen. Charles Luckey leads a team of more than 200,000 Soldiers and civilians across all 50 states, U.S. territories, and more than 30 countries. During his three recent combat tours and a civilian career in law, he has continually led by example. Here are his thoughts on the role the Army Reserve plays in sustaining the force.

Cold Steel trains USAR Vehicle Crew Evaluators
U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Derrick Stovall, vehicle crew evaluator, keeps time of target engagements of a Troop List Unit crew completing mounted gunnery qualification during Operation Cold Steel II, hosted by the 416th Theater Engineer Command, March 12, 2018 at Fort McCoy, Wis. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve's crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure that America's Army Reserve units and Soliders are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Debralee Best/Operation Cold Steel II)
April 17, 2018 - The U.S. Army Reserve is training approximately 250 Vehicle Crew Evaluators (VCE) through Cold Steel II at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Cold Steel expands Army Reserve combat lethality
.S. Army Reserve Soldiers return to an ammunition pad after zeroing M240B machine guns before convoy live-fire escort team qualification during Operation Cold Steel II hosted by the 377th Theater Sustainment Command at Ft. Knox, Ky., March 23, 2018. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Jasmine Spain/1190th Transportation Surface Brigade)
April 12, 2018 - Operation Cold Steel has focused on ground and mounted gunnery qualifications with crew-served weapons, but recently added another aspect to expand the training and improve lethality.

Regional Medic, Cold Steel Soldiers receive sneak peek of JLTV
A Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) sits at the Fort McCoy Airfield during Operation Cold Steel II at Fort McCoy, Wis., March 11, 2018. Operation Cold Steel is the U.S. Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice as part of Ready Force X and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of the Army and our joint partners anywhere in the world. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. John Russell/86th Training Division)
April 4, 2018 - Soldiers at Fort McCoy, Wis., for Regional Medic and Operation Cold Steel II received a peek at the new Army and Marine vehicle to be fielded in 2019.

Cold Steel II: Fort McCoy CIF
Soldiers at Fort McCoy, Wis., for training in Operation Cold Steel II are issued training and cold-weather equipment at the Logistics Readiness Center Central Issue Facility (CIF) on Feb. 27. Since 2011, the Fort McCoy CIF has been issuing Reserve Soldiers their entire Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment needs. During fiscal year 2017, the CIF issued more than 387,000 pieces of equipment, worth more than $33 million, to thousands of troops who trained at Fort McCoy. Operation Cold Steel II is the Army Reserve’s crew-served weapons qualification and validation exercise to ensure America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice as part of Ready Force X. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
March 9, 2018 - Soldiers at Fort McCoy, Wis., here for training at Operation Cold Steel II, were issued training and cold-weather equipment at the Logistics Readiness Center Central Issue Facility (CIF) beginning Feb. 27, 2018.
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