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Volume 14, Number 9 Published in the interest of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin community â€¢ www.irwin.army.mil 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 â€œWe focus on the design of the scenario, the training frame- FORT IRWIN, Calif. â€” Soldiers with the 56th Stryker Regiment provides the opponent, and Norrie is responsible for workâ€, 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. â€œ e desert is very unforgiving,â€ said Norrie. meet its training objectives. e operations group also provides â€œWe 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 unitâ€™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 unitâ€™s training objectives. hardest day out here in the desertâ€ 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. â€œ 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 hereâ€, said Norrie. â€œ ey are competing to win.â€ 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 â€œOur 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 goodâ€, Norrie said. the nal pillarâ€™s strength. e 56th SBCT Soldiers might be having their worst days at NTC, but it is helping them become better Soldiers.