“In point-of-fact, in a very real sense, we are all in RFX. We need to dispel the notion that, because you're assigned to an RFX formation, you are 'locked in' to a specific unit or MOS forever, or that you have to risk a semester of college in order to participate in Cold Steel or some other key training exercise. We don't want Soldiers missing great career opportunities as a result of the RFX model.”

“I expect our leaders to be sensitive to the fact that we're putting more pressure on the force, from a readiness perspective, because we have to; that means we have to exercise flexibility and sound judgment so we don't lose motivated, talented Soldiers simply because we made it too hard for them to thrive in other aspects of their lives.”

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 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.
Simulators help Army Reserve Soldiers gain weapons proficiency at Cold Steel III
U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Cody Densley, a HMMWV gunner with the 419th Transportation Company based in Salt Lake City, engages simulated targets with a pneumatic operated M240B machine gun in the Warrior Skills Trainer simulator during Operation Cold Steel III at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., on February 7, 2019. Virtual simulators like the WST help Soldiers gain proficiency with weapon systems prior to shooting live ammo. Operation Cold Steel III trains and qualifies Army Reserve Soldiers on M2 .50 caliber machine guns, M19 40 mm automatic grenade launchers and M240 7.62 mm machine guns weapons systems in ground and mounted military vehicles, in order to provide lethal and combat ready units ready to deploy anywhere in the world
Feb. 11, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers practiced mounted gunnery skills in virtual simulators, here, Feb. 8, 2019, as part of Operation Cold Steel III.

Learning and lethal: Army Reserve Soldiers shoot gunnery at Operation Cold Steel III
U.S Army Reserve Spc. Dakota Walton with the 957th Quartermaster Company based in Denton, Texas, fires a M2 .50 caliber machine gun from a M1151 up-armored HMMWV during Operation Cold Steel III gunnery at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. on February 6, 2019. Gunnery crews progress through a series of increasingly difficult qualification tables while being evaluated by experienced graders. Operation Cold Steel III trains and qualifies Army Reserve Soldiers on M2 .50 caliber machine guns, M19 40 mm automatic grenade launchers and M240 7.62 mm machine guns weapons systems in ground and mounted military vehicles, in order to provide lethal and combat ready units ready to deploy anywhere in the world.
Feb. 8, 2019 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers conducted mounted gunnery live-fire training, here, Feb. 6, 2019, as part of Operation Cold Steel III.

First iteration of Operation Cold Steel III complete
A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 961st Transportation Company, based in Ft. Wadsworth, N.Y., fires an M2 machine gun while positioned in the turret of a LMTV during Operation Cold Steel III, hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operation Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 1, 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 Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Sofia)
Dec. 13, 2018 - Operation Cold Steel II’s Task Force Ultimate finished out strong during the humid summer months at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Back at JB-MDL, N.J., just two months later, Task Force Dagger, picked up the torch to host the U.S. Army’s largest gunnery operation and kicked off Operation Cold Steel III.

316th ESC Soldiers learn what it takes to be lethal
Soldiers in the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command prepare to hit the range and qualify on weapons they are now using with increased frequency over that past year thanks to Operation Cold Steel. Operation Cold Steel is a U.S. Army Reserve series of mounted and ground crew-served weapons qualification events to improve U.S. Army Reserve readiness and lethality.
Dec. 6, 2018 - The thunderous sounds of large caliber automatic weapons, stern commands from the tower and assertive responses from the truck crew flew through the air nearly as quickly as the rounds headed downrange during Operation Cold Steel III at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. this November.


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