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Volume 14, Number 9  Published in the interest of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community •                September 7, 2018
NTC Ops Team ensures di cult,
rewarding training for 56th SBCT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Spc. Jacob Ho man

Col. Christopher Norrie, operations group commander at the National Training Center, briefs Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau and Col. Marc Ferraro, 28th Infantry
Division rear detachment commander Aug. 6 on the status of the simulated battle eld at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.

                        By Spc. Jacob Ho man                            Desert supplies the environment, the 11th Armored Cavalry              “We focus on the design of the scenario, the training frame-
   FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Soldiers with the 56th Stryker                  Regiment provides the opponent, and Norrie is responsible for       work”, said Norrie.
Brigade Combat Team conducted battle simulation training                the scenarios.
at the National Training Center here during rotation 18-09,                                                                                       e scenarios are made intentionally di cult to help the unit
Aug. 4-18.                                                                 “ e desert is very unforgiving,” said Norrie.                    meet its training objectives. e operations group also provides
   “We all have a single purpose here at the national training             NTC is perfectly positioned in the Mojave Desert at Fort Irwin,  feedback to unit leaders about the unit’s performance based upon
center: that is to ensure that they [the training Soldiers] have their  California. e temperature in the Mojave regularly reaches above     the unit’s training objectives.
hardest day out here in the desert” said Col. Christopher Norrie,       100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months and possesses dif-
operations group commander at NTC, who wants this training               cult terrain for vehicles and Soldiers to maneuver through.              ese pillars come together at NTC to train Soldiers to a high
to be hard.                                                                “ e second [pillar] is a ruthless opposing force, a ruthless     state of readiness. ey put Soldiers in di cult situations, but the
   Training at NTC has three separate pillars: a di cult environ-       enemy out here”, said Norrie. “ ey are competing to win.”           payo is worth it, according to Norrie.
ment, a ruthless opponent and well-planned scenarios. e Mojave
                                                                              e 11th ACR replicate an enemy force that is multi-faceted        “Our Army is so good, and this training center is just one of
                                                                        and familiar with the environment. e Operations Group ensures       many reasons why it is so good”, Norrie said.
                                                                        the nal pillar’s strength.
                                                                                                                                                  e 56th SBCT Soldiers might be having their worst days at
                                                                                                                                            NTC, but it is helping them become better Soldiers.
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