“When I talk about having to Fight Fast, when I talk about capability and combat-readiness, I’m talking about lethality for America’s Army Reserve.”

“I want to be sure we’re all clear on this; we are going to get this [Ready Force X] done. This is about leadership in the third component in the United States Army. We are going to generate for the American people what they expect us to generate. If you think you've got months or years to get ready in a very contested lethal environment, you're in the wrong ball club.”

LTG Charles D. Luckey
Chief of Army Reserve
and Commanding General,
U.S. Army Reserve Command

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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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U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers complete night-fire qualification with a crew-served weapon during #ColdSteelII at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher Sofia and Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command
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The M2 machine gun is one of the crew-served weapons used at #ColdSteelII. The final iteration is currently qualifying Ready Force X Soldiers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command
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The Engagement Skills Trainer is an important tool at #ColdSteelII for Soldiers to practice their bind, fire commands and shot grouping. Task Force Ultimate, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), is training crews at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to create a more lethal force. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command
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The final iteration of #ColdSteelII has begun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, hosted by U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). Crews will be trained on ground qualification with four crew-served weapon systems throughout the summer. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command
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The final iteration of #ColdSteelII will kick off in July to create a more capable, combat-ready and lethal U.S. Army Reserve. (U.S. Army Reserve video by Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)
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Senior gunnery noncommissioned officers are certified during #ColdSteelII to bring the ultimate goal of Operation Cold Steel, training America's Army Reserve to conduct gunnery operations on their own, becoming a more lethal, combat ready force, to fruition. Follow the link for more on this part of Operation Cold Steel II. U.S. Army Reserve 84th Training Command
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With so many vehicles running through #ColdSteelII at Fort McCoy, it is essential U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers conduct proper preventative maintenance checks and services. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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#ColdSteelII only has one more week of mounted qualification of platform gunnery at Fort McCoy! But the action won't stop there. In July, U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) will host the final iteration of Operation Cold Steel II at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst with crew-served weapon ground qualification. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command
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A Vehicle Player Unit is used during #ColdSteelII to transmit audio, video and GPS wirelessly to the range operations center or tower where it can be recorded and viewed for after action reviews at Fort McCoy. ( U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers prepare for #ColdSteelII mounted blank fire at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers complete ground qualification at Fort McCoy during #ColdSteelII. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Brianna Saville) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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#ColdSteelII strives for proficiency with crew-served weapons, whether it's ground or mounted qualification at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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An M240B machine gun is one of four crew-served weapons U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers qualify with as convoy protection platform crews during #ColdSteelII at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers must complete day and night live-fire to be qualified as convoy protection platform crews during #ColdSteelII at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers compete qualification with blank ammuntion to ensure knowledge of the crew-served weapon and firing from a platform before firing live ammuntion at Fort McCoy during #ColdSteelII. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers conduct preliminary marksmanship instruction with an M2 machine gun during #ColdSteelII at Fort McCoy. (U.S. Army Reserve photos by Spc. Devona Felgar) 84th Training Command 416th Theater Engineer Command
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