Ft. Irwin High Desert Warrior, March 2 2018
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Volume 14, Number 3 Published in the interest of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community • www.irwin.army.mil March 2, 2018
Fort Irwin hosts high-level delegations to enhance understanding of NTC mission
Ken Drylie
Senior fellows and researchers from Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation met with senior leadership and observed live-fire exercises near the training city of Razish during a visit to the National Training Center Feb. 13.
By Jason Miller
NTC / Fort Irwin PAO
FORT IRWIN, Calif. — National security leaders from the private, academic and govern- ment sectors visited the National Training Center over the past two months to better understand the U.S. Army’s brigade level readiness training.
NTC hosted three separate delegations: Congressional staff from the office of U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.); faculty and fellows from the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University; and leaders from the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA). They observed the realistic operational environment that simulates the conditions today’s U.S. Soldiers face in combat and talked with NTC leadership about what goes into preparing brigades to combat a wide array of threats.
“We try and add as much realism as we can to prepare brigades for any contingency they may have to face,” said Brig. Gen. Jeff Broadwater, NTC commanding general. “We blend all the threat variables, whether they’re facing a large near-peer threat in a country that has the same capabilities, or a smaller counter-insurgent force.”
In addition, the groups heard from key commands about how funding decisions, technologi- cal advances, and evolving security threats affect Army training and readiness on the ground.
For example, the Congressional staff members travelled to the Fort Irwin cantonment and were given a tour of the 916th Support Brigade, Supply Support Activity (SSA), which supports not only the rotational training units with parts and supplies, but tenant units as well. Visiting the brigade’s warehouse highlighted the local impact of the federal government’s continuing resolution (CR).
Jason Miller
Thirteen Congressional staff delegates visited the National Training Center Jan. 25-26 to better understand and observe brigade level readiness training. In the training village of Guba, they patrolled through the town and eventually came under attack by a guerilla insurgent force.
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