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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
Small Arms Trainer Course Proof of Principle
The Small Arms Training Academy (SATA) at Fort McCoy is conducting a Proof of Principal class for small arms training coursework on 16 to 29 June.
May 29, 2019 - A Unit Weapons Subject Matter Expert is proficient in all current small arms and Training Circulars. The Small Arms Training Academy will get Army Reserve Soldiers up to speed.

Soldiers with Task Force Fortnite finish Operation Cold Steel III ops at Fort McCoy
Soldiers conduct operations for Operation Cold Steel III Task Force Fortnite on April 25, 2019, at Range 2 on North Post at Fort McCoy, Wis. Operation Cold Steel III is a gunnery exercise with Soldiers qualifying on the M2, MK-19, and M240B weapon systems. According to the Army Reserve, the training completed during Operation Cold Steel is critical to ensuring that Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short notice and bring combat-ready and lethal firepower in support of Army and Joint Force partners around the world. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
May 8, 2019 - Hundreds of Army Reserve Soldiers completed training as members of Convoy Protection Platform gunnery crews during Operation Cold Steel III between late March and early May at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

86th Training Division first Army Reserve unit to receive JLTV
The first fielding of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) to an Army Reserve unit began April 25 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The 86th Training Division (TD), 84th Training Command (TC), received 17 JLTVs between April 25 and April 26. The unit will receive their full fielding, a total of 60 vehicles, by May 17. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Debralee Best/86th Training Division)
May 3, 2019 - The first fielding of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) to an Army Reserve unit began April 25 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The 86th Training Division (TD), 84th Training Command (TC), received 17 JLTVs between April 25 and 26. The unit will receive their full fielding, a total of 60 vehicles, by May 17.

Army Reserve Soldiers at AFSAM International Competition
The Army Reserve Combat/Service Conditions Team celebrates multiple marksmanship awards at AFSAM (Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting) 2019. The Team took first place in four team matches, two individual matches, and an additional top three finishes in 22 other team and individual matches at the event. Team members included OIC Lt. Col. Scott Klawon, NCOIC Sgt. Maj. Raul Torres, 1st Sgt. Michael Ball, Sgt. 1st Class Martin Braden, Cpt. Curtis Brotherston, Master Sgt. Roderick Burdette, Sgt. Joseph Hall, Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Morris, Staff Sgt. Richard Willis, Sgt. Devin Hughes, Maj. TJ Conners, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Godel, and Staff Sgt. John Halley.
April 21, 2019 - Army Reserve Soldiers maintain small arms skills as instructor-shooters by participating at international events.
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