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NEWS | July 27, 2016

Army Reserve, National Guard public affairs join forces in training

By Story by Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Nina Ramon 205th Press Camp Headquarter

BUTLERVILLE, Ind.— U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 205th Press Camp Headquarters and subordinate detachments participating in the Exercise News Day filled the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center radio station and museum July 23, 2016 for their end of the day brief. However, this briefing incorporated a special surprise.

As a parting gift from rotation five of END, Master Sgt. Brad Staggs, Atterbury-Muscatatuck public affairs and an avid fan of the Houston Astros baseball team, was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a baseball signed by the exercise’s team members.

Staggs played a vital role to the Soldiers as the MUTC’s Public Affairs liaison and radio operations instructor.

“Master Sgt. Staggs provided all-star support to END Rotation 5,” said Maj. Adam Weece, the rotation’s officer in charge. “His extensive public affairs experience and skills, coupled with his willingness to share that knowledge, made for an incredible training experience.”

Exercise News Day is a training exercise designed to sharpen the skills of photo and broadcast journalists during the Soldier’s annual training July 15 through 29, 2016.

This group of Army Reserve Soldiers is the fifth iteration of six total to engage in the training event. Exposing the Soldiers to real-world missions allows them to maintain proficiency in their occupational specialties, ensuring that they are equipped and ready Soldiers, leaders and units to meet America’s requirements at home and abroad.

“It’s important that Army Reserve public affairs Soldiers receive the kind of training that will hone their skills so they can excel on the battlefield,” said Weece. “The training opportunities that Muscatatuck has provided us have been paramount to the overall success of the unit’s readiness.”

Muscatatuck Urban Training Center is used to train joint military operations, civilian first responders, and foreign service institutes. The center includes a mock embassy, partially destroyed buildings for search and rescue operations, and a flooded community for natural disaster response training.