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 28, 2017 - Before Soldiers could complete live-fire training at Operation Cold Steel, they had to practice their skills at many of Fort McCoy's simulation facilities.
April 28, 2017 - Team members with Fort McCoy’s Virtual Battle Space 3 (VBS3) simulation facility played a direct role in training during the Operation Cold Steel exercise in March and April through use of the Mounted Machine Gun Trainer Plug-in Vehicle Crew Evaluator software program.
April 25, 2017 - Twelve US Army Reserve Soldiers went back to the fundamentals during a weapons range at Camp Swift, April 22, with hopes of achieving certification and setting personal records at an upcoming live-fire exercise – Operation Cold Steel – April 24-28, 2017 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
April 25, 2017 - In most gunnery operations, vehicles are not a primary requirement, but for Operation Cold Steel, a mounted gunnery operation, vehicles are an essential component.
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.

Featured Photo
Photo By: Staff Sgt. Debralee Best

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