By Sgt. Tanya Van Buskirk
78th Training Division
FORT MCCOY, Wis. – As the U.S. Army transitions from war time to peace time operations, the 78th Training Division continues to harness years of combat experience and unit evaluations to ensure the operational preparedness of Army Reserve units. The 78th continues its partnership with Fort McCoy, an Army Reserve training center located about 100 miles north west of Madison, Wis., by organizing an annual Warrior Training Exercise.
WAREX 2013 has an estimated 4000 soldiers at the training site conducting various missions to evaluate their combat readiness.
“As the exercise goes on, units become more proficient; they do what they are supposed to do and there is a lot of good training going on,” said Col. Donald Stenzel, commander of the 78th based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., one of the busiest training and deployment sites in the United States for Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers, more than 140,000 troops have received pre-deployment training there since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.
The partnerships created by coordinating this training exercise between various units in the Army Reserve is something Stenzel says is key to enforcing the core process of the Army Force Generation model (ARFORGEN), approved by the secretary of the Army and chief of staff in 2006.
ARFORGEN focuses on the structured progression of unit readiness over time and preparing for operational deployment. It satisfies Army requirements by synchronizing training efforts throughout the Army Reserve and classifying unit preparedness into one of three phases: Reset, Train/Ready and Available.
According to Stenzel, by following the ARFORGEN model the 78th is providing challenging training in realistic environments to prepare Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers for the ever-changing combat environment.