“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

READY FORCE X At A Glance

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.
LATEST NEWS
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.


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