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U.S. Army Reserve SPC Jose Arellano-Parga, a culinary specialist, shares how training at Cold Steel III allows him to stay flexible.
The 79th Theater Sustainment Command hosts the second iteration of Cold Steel III, Task Force Coyote, at Fort Hunter Liggett, California. 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 Soldiers walk us through their roles and responsibilities at Operation Cold Steel III, currently underway at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
A Cold Steel Gun Truck crew reacts to contact under the duress of a simulated gas attack. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers are conducting mounted crew-served weapons training and qualification for Operation Cold Steel III at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Follow along on Instagram @usarmyreserve for a behind-the-scenes look!
LTG Charles D Luckey addresses concerns about the requirements for Ready Force X.
When America's Army Reserve is called upon to serve, we'll be ready.
United States Army Reserve Soldiers participate in Operation Cold Steel II to gain proficiency on crew-served weapon systems as part of Ready Force X at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.
In an effort to train and equip soldiers, vehicle gun crews from across the U.S. Army Reserve have been training at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin for Operation Cold Steel. U.S. Army Reserve Command's Calvin Reimold has more on how things have been heating up at Fort McCoy.
FORT MCCOY, WI - Army Reserve soldiers participating in Operation Cold Steel trained on crew served weapons such as the M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun, M240B Machine Gun, and the MK 19 Grenade Launcher. These Soldiers then went on to qualify on these weapons in a stationary setting, as well as in a mounted setting on a vehicle. U.S. Army Reserve video by Cpl. Timothy Yao
As America's Army Reserve, the U.S. Army Reserve Command prepares units to be capable, deployable, and lethal in a complex world. Operation Cold Steel will execute individual and vehicle crew-served weapons platform qualifications through multiple, 12-day rotations at Fort McCoy, WI between March 9 - April 25, 2017.
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.
DescriptionOperation 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 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.
The U.S. Army Reserve's Ready Force X includes hundreds of units and thousands of Soldiers who are ready to rapidly respond to evolving threats anywhere in the world. Challenging exercises like Operation Cold Steel ensure these units are ready to meet the needs of the U.S. Army and our nation.
Challenging exercises like Operation Cold Steel ensure these units are ready to meet the needs of the U.S. Army and our nation. The U.S. Army Reserve's Ready Force X includes hundreds of units and thousands of Soldiers who are ready to rapidly respond to evolving threats anywhere in the world. Army Reserve Soldiers fire the M240B and M2 crew-served weapons during Operation Cold Steel on October 21, 2017.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers participate in Operation Cold Steel, the largest crew served weapons exercise in the Army Reserve, in order to be more capable, more lethal at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Oct. 24, 2017.
A review of all three training days for U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers going through Operation Cold Steel II, Task Force Coyote, at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.
LTG Charles D. Luckey, commanding general of the most capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve force in the history of the Nation, at Operation Cold Steel II, where Soldiers are getting training on the largest crew-served gunnery in the history of America's Army Reserve.
Task Force Coyote, Operation Cold Steel II, trained 2,000 U.S. Army Reserve Troop List Unit Soldiers from Oct. 12, 2017, to Dec. 15, 2017, at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.

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 executes individual and vehicle crew-served weapons platform qualifications through multiple rotations. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers train and qualify on the M2 50 CAL machine gun, MK 19 grenade launcher, and M240B machine gun weapons systems on mounted and dismounted military platforms to include the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles), HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck), and HET (Heavy Equipment Transporter) vehicles.

Cold Steel III rotation locations include:

  • Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, N.J. - Oct.-Dec. 2018
  • Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. - Jan.-April 2019
  • Fort Knox, Ky. - Feb.-April 2019
  • Fort McCoy, Wis. - Feb.-April 2019
Operation Ready Warrior teaches Soldiers adaptability, leadership
Soldiers listen as Staff Sgt. Joe Aguilar, an obeserver/controller/trainer with the 95th Training Division, explains key points of land navigation as part of Operation Ready Warrior at Fort McCoy, Wis., August 21, 2020. This training helps U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers build and strengthen critical skills in order to maintain the stringent readiness requirements while also adhering to the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Department of Defense.
Aug. 27, 2020 - Army Reserve Soldiers are learning how to adapt when integrating COVID-19 safety guidelines into training during Operation Ready Warrior underway here.

Master Sgt. Tew Wins TRADOC Army Reserve Instructor of the Year 2020
Master Sgt. Ericka Tew (left), Master Leader Course manager for the 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, teaches a class at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Tew was recently selected as the Reserve winner in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Instructor of the Year for 2020. (Courtesy photo)
Aug. 12, 2020 - For some people, winning seems to come naturally. Lately, Master Sgt. Ericka Tew, of the 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center, has been on a hot streak, winning the 80th Training Command (The Army School System) Instructor of the Year, then the U.S. Army Reserve IOY, and most recently the Reserve category of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command IOY for 2020.

New simulations buildings at Fort McCoy mean improved capability for training
Service members at Fort McCoy, Wis., for training in the 86th Training Division’s Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) 86-19-04 line up for simulations training Aug. 15, 2019, at the 200 block on the cantonment area at the installation. The exercise included thousands of service members and coincided with other subordinate exercises taking place on post in August 2019, such as Global Medic and Patriot Warrior. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
May 21, 2020 - As the construction of five new buildings nears completion in the 200 block on the Fort McCoy cantonment area, planning continues on setting those new facilities up with additional simulations training capabilities.

FAQs: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve
May 19, 2020 - These questions have been submitted by Soldiers to various U.S. Army Reserve social media websites. Here, Soldiers may find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
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