U.S. Army Reserve

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, 12-day rotations (15 crews per cycle) at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin between March 9 through April 25, 2017. U.S. Army Reserve soldiers will train and qualify on M2, M19, and M240B mounted to various military vehicle platforms such as Humvees, FMTVs, HEMTTs, and HETs. 

April 10, 2017 - For the months of March and April 2017, Fort McCoy was alive with the movement of an estimated 1,800 Army Reserve Soldiers from approximately 60 Army Reserve units across the country as they converged on the small post in a rural part of the state to participate in an extensive field-training exercise.
April 7, 2017 - Operation Cold Steel will train and certify approximately 1,800 Soldiers by the end of April 2017 on crew-served weapons platform qualification at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The exercise is providing everything the Soldiers need to qualify, from cold weather gear, to vehicles and weapons.
March 30, 2017 - As the Operation Cold Steel exercise takes place at Fort McCoy, hundreds of Soldiers are firing tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition at targets as part of live-fire maneuvers at installation ranges. Those ranges, and the targets utilized by Cold Steel participants, remain operational thanks to the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security Range Maintenance Section.
March 30, 2017 - In keeping with their motto “Strength for Battle,” U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from the 373rd Combat Support Sustainment Command out of Beaumont, Texas, traveled to Fort McCoy to sharpen their combat skills during Operation Cold Steel.
March 29, 2017 - Deep in the late-winter woods, metallic clacking and repetitive booms rolled like thunder – first far, then near – in the cool, crisp air.
March 28, 2017 - Three weeks into Operation Cold Steel, the exercise is now qualifying mounted gunnery crews daily.

Feature photo
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Debralee Best