ARNG Overseas Deployment Training (ODT)

FY2005

 

EUCOM EXERCISES

 

AFRICA LION

 

Named African Lion 2005 Engineering Exercise, the exercise is based around a number of Engineering-Related Construction and Humanitarian Civic Assistance projects in the vicinity of Tan Tan. The diverse and demanding agenda being pursued in this exercise will enhance interoperability and develop military-to-military cooperation between the two countries.

The exercise-related construction projects include significant infrastructure upgrades on the Capdra training range. Upgrades include installing two 50-foot steel observation towers, a concrete helicopter pad, small arms berm, completion of the existing trench system, and improvements to the surrounding roads over a three-month period. The humanitarian civic assistance project will build a five-room school building for local children.

 

ATLAS DROP

Atlas Drop began in 1996 and is an annually scheduled exercise which helps to train U.S. European Command's forces to response regionally. This exercise was designed to further cross training and interoperability between the two militaries in company level bi-lateral airborne operations as well as platoon level live fire exercises.

Atlas Drop 2002 (14-25 January 2002) is a U.S. Army Southern European task force airborne-led bi-lateral field training exercise and platoon level live fire training in the Cap Serrat and Renal training areas of Tunisia with elements of the Tunisian armed forces.

About 600 U.S. Army and Air Force troops in Europe joined together with paratroopers form the army's Southern European Task Force (Airborne) to participate in Atlas Drop 02, a bi-lateral exercise between United States and Tunisian military forces, which was conducted in Tunisia January 14-25, 2002.

During the two-week exercise, brigade soldiers conducted a joint U.S.-Tunisian jump exchange, live-fire exercises and squad, platoon and company level situational training. One change from the previous yearís Atlas Drop was the addition of the 173d Airborne Brigade Reconnaissance Company. The BRCís surveillance and hide teams positioned themselves in the hills near Cap Serrat and kept a constant lookout on the valley.

 

AUSTERE CHALLENGE

Approximately 500 16th Air Force, USAFE command and stateside augmentee members comprised a joint air operations staff during the first of a three-phase training exercise testing the warfighting headquarters concept.  The three-phased exercise is designed to certify U.S. Air Forces in Europe's ability to perform its mission as a warfighting headquarters.

The first phase of the exercise involved Crisis Action Planning and writing a Joint Air Operations Plan.  The second phase of Austere Challenge is scheduled in February. It will consist of a deployment exercise, including planning for a flow of forces to support an operation.  The final phase to test and certify the concept will be the actual execution of a combat operation.  This phase is scheduled for March.

 

 

COMBINED ENDEAVOR

COMBINED ENDEAVOR (CE) is a series of US European Command-sponsored workshops planned and executed to identify and document command, control, communications, and computer (C4) interoperability between NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) nations. The primary focus of CE is interoperability testing of C4 systems and identification and documentation of problems hindering interoperability. The secondary focus is to develop long-range action plans that result in the achievement of increased levels of interoperability among NATO and the PfP nations. The goal is that by the year 2002, the participating nations will possess the ability to deploy as part of a coalition task force and be interoperable with NATO as well as among themselves. Each workshop builds upon the lessons learned and the interoperability demonstrated during the previous workshops.

Approximately 400 people participated in the exercise, about 15 people from each of the 28 countries, with some additional U.S. support. Combined Endeavor 98 was planned and executed by EUCOM's Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (ECJ6).

Participating nations included Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kazakstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and the United States.

Members of various U.S. units participated in thr exercise, with the largest involvement coming from U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; along with personnel from 5th Signal Command, Heidelberg, Germany, and 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base.

Additionally, three NATO organizations (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Communications and Information Systems Directorate; NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency; and Allied Land Forces Central Europe) had forces participating.

COOP BEST EFFORT

"COOPERATIVE BEST EFFORT 2003" (CBE 03),  the principal  NATO and  PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE (PFP) Land-based exercise in the Alliance's Southern Region. This is the first time Armenia hosts a NATO/PFP LIVE Exercise.

NATO member nations participating in the exercise are CANADA, GREECE, HUNGARY, ITALY, POLAND, TURKEY, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Partner  Nations participating include ARMENIA, AUSTRIA, BULGARIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA (1), GEORGIA, LITHUANIA, MOLDOVA, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SLOVAKIA AND UZBEKISTAN. This marks the first time that RUSSIA will participate in such a  NATO Exercise with Staff Officers and an Infantry Squad integrated into the exercise's  Multinational Force structure.

Based on a fictitious Peace Support  Operation scenario, the COOPERATIVE BEST EFFORT series of  exercises provide basic knowledge on Peace Support Operations at small unit level and serve as an important building block for higher-level land exercises.  CBE 03 is a valuable venue to  foster understanding and interoperability between NATO and PARTNER NATIONS, improving land force effectiveness in the field.

MEDFLAG

US European Command (EUCOM) conducts MEDFLAG exercises at least twice a year in Africa, deploying a team of doctors, dentists, technicians and support personnel to provide joint-combined medical training and humanitarian assistance. These exercises, which are coordinated by the HQ EUCOM Surgeon's Office (ECMD), provide medical training interchange of medical information and techniques with host nation medical personnel in African nations.

MEDFLAG exercises are beneficial to both U.S. participants who are able to practice field medicine and treat health problems they may not have seen before, and to the host nation, because of the health services provided to a substantial number of patients. Of the various types of combined exercise, the kind which has stimulated the most enthusiasm in Africa by far is the MEDFLAG seriesóexercises sponsored by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) which involve the military health care establishments of the United States and African hosts.

The first phase is medical training that includes preventive medicine, emergency medical technician skills, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and moulage application. The second phase is a staged mass casualty exercise that will put the skills learned in phase one to use. The planned drill is a simulated airplane crash.

The third phase of the exercise involves Medical Civic Action Programs (MEDCAPS). MEDCAPS are visits to villages in the area. These humanitarian and civic assistance visits provide medical treatment, dental screening and treatment, and immunizations to village personnel. During MEDFLAG 99-2 seven villages were visited over eight days.

Units

 

MEDFLAG 01-2

3rd Air Force, RAF Mildenhall

48th Medical Group, Lakenheath AB

94th Engineer Battalion (Heavy), GrafenwŲhr

96th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg

 

 

RESCUER / MEDCUER

 

The exercise culminated two weeks of training for a deployed U. S. Air Force crisis response and surgical response team from the 86th Medical Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; and 27 Georgian military and civil officials trained by U.S. Army reservists from the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, Staten Island, N.Y. The training was the primary focus for the MEDCEUR phase of RESCUER/MEDCEUR 03, a multinational regional exercise

MEDCEUR provides realistic field training to validate the readiness of crisis response teams, which are designed to deploy within two hours to one of 93 countries within the U. S. European Command area of responsibility, armed with only the medical equipment in their 70-pound backpacks and the teamís experience, said Col. Ty Putnam, the CRT team chief. Within 12 hours they can deploy with a trailer that includes a tent and equipment to establish a field operating room.

Each service component maintains a CRT within EUCOM, and one CRT is on call, which alternates between the different services for one-month periods. The standard CRT team includes 10 members; including an emergency medical doctor, general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, anesthetist, medical technicians and a 28-member Expeditionary Medical Support team deployed for MEDCEUR. Its focus is to provide rapid response, light, lean, flexible medical support at contingency locations.

 

Exercise objectives included: providing participating commanders and their staffs' experience in organizing, controlling and supporting a multinational force responding to a natural disaster; to upgrade participating countries' ability to employ diverse types and amounts of equipment, materiel and service members; to conduct an operation in accordance with a common set of guiding documents; to examine and evaluate the compatibility of existing organizational structures, technical means, and plans for conducting a disaster relief exercise.

 

SILENT WARRIOR

 

 

 

 

TORGAU

The purpose of Torgau 2004 is to enhance military-to-military working relationships and to promote better understanding of U. S. and Russian capabilities. The first exercise of its kind involving senior U. S. and Russian personnel combined into a single headquarters staff, Torgau 2004 represents an evolving U. S. - Russian military relationship.

The exercise participants are from the U. S. Army Southern European Task Force (Airborne), the 7th Army Training Command, and the Russian Army's Combined Arms Academy. The exercise is took place in and around Moscow, May 17 -22, 2004.

Torgau 2004 is named after the German city where American and Russian Soldiers first met in the final days of World War II in Europe.

FLEXIBLE RESPONSE

 

Be prepared to provide personnel and equipment TBD to form a JFLCC Response cell and JECG augmentation in support of the USEUCOM sponsored, NAVEUR led JTF CPX/CAX, FLEXIBLE RESPONSE 06, 2-16 Nov 05, location TBD.

U. S. European Command started a simulation exercise Oct. 31. Known as Flexible Response, the exercise began with a series of notional explosions on a number of military installations in Europe.

Flexible Response Ď06 tests EUCOMís command and control structure in the event of multiple attacks with weapons of mass destruction in Europe. This computer-assisted exercise focuses on the commandís ability to rapidly coordinate response between U. S. military, host nations and other U. S. government agencies.

Marine Col. Jeff Satterfield, chief of EUCOMís Joint Training, Readiness and Exercises Division, said that since this is a computer-assisted exercise involving behind-the-scenes coordination with no acutal forces responding, the public will not notice increased activity.

The exercise consists of four phases. The first three phases, already conducted, included academic sessions to prepare the various staffs for the final phase, which focuses on the U. S. and her alliesís ability to coordinate the emergency response.

 

RAPID TRIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

SEA BREEZE

Ships from five countries, including the United States, arrived at Ukraine's Crimean peninsula on 25 August 1997 to take part in naval exercises opposed by Moscow. The exercise in Ukraine was the first PFP exercise to be held on the former Soviets' base ever. In other words, the first in an area that was once part of the Soviet Union.

The ships from Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Turkey and the United States arrived at Donuzlav naval base in western Crimea. Russia, whose Black Sea fleet is based nearby in the port of Sevastopol, rejected an invitation from Ukraine's Defense Ministry to take part in the Sea Breeze 97 exercises, but agreed to send observers. The exercise simulated a humanitarian mission, not the originally-planned combat operation. But the maneuvers annoyed regional power Russia, which bases its Black Sea fleet nearby. The Russians boycotted Sea Breeze 97 because they considered the original scenario -- NATO forces assisting Ukraine to counter armed separatists -- to be provocative.

Units

U.S. Naval Forces Europe

U.S. Sixth Fleet

U.S.Coast Guard Cutter Legare, Portsmouth, Va.

U.S. Marine Forces Europe

Company D, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Quantico, Va.

Company F, 2d Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Albany, N.Y.

 

PACOM EXERCISES

 

YAMA SAKURA

Yama Sakura (YAMA SAKURA means Mountain Cherry Blossom) is an annual, bilateral command post exercise that simulates Japanese-US military operations required to defend Japan. Yama Sakura is a computer simulated command post exercise designed to strengthen military operations and ties between the U.S. Army. and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Yama Sakura is a yearly command post exercise between I Corps and the JGSDF sponsored by USARJ and the Japanese Ground Staff Office. It is I Corps' largest and most important exercise in Japan. Every January, one of the five regional Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Armies is joined by US Army I Corps to conduct the exercise in Japan and the US.

Since their inception in 1982, these exercises have focused on the development and refinement of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and U.S. Army Japan (USARJ) efforts in the areas of bilateral planning, coordination, and interoperability through training. The first YAMA SAKURA was held in 1982 with a total of 570 US soldiers participating.

The U.S. forces involved a mixture of active and reserve component units. (USARJ acts as U.S. Army Pacific Commandís "executive agent" for Japan-based exercises.) U.S. Armyís I Corps, based at Fort Lewis, Washington, is the premier war fighter in this U.S. Army Corps/JGSDF CPX. U.S. participants operated from Camp Sendai and Yokota Air Base, Japan; Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii; and Fort Lewis, Washington. As in previous YAMA SAKURA exercises, reserve component forces comprised the bulk of U.S. forces, this year from 38 States. However, the majority of the U.S. reservists did not operate from Japan; they participated from either Fort Lewis or Wheeler Army Airfield.

ORIENT SHIELD

 

The annual bilateral field training exercise, officials said, is designed to illustrate the commitment within the U.S.-Japan alliance, officials said. Itís conducted to enhance combat readiness and cooperation between the United States and JGSDF in the face of regional threats or contingencies in areas surrounding Japan.

 

Exercise Orient Shield, an annual battalion-level FTX focusing on improved interoperability and war-fighting skills.

 

RSOI/FOAL EAGLE

 

RSOI is one of two annual command post exercises (CPX) held by US Forces Korea (USFK) and conducted with the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (ROK). Conducted every February/March, RSOI focuses on USPACOM and Combined Forces Command (CFC) OPLANs that support the defense of the ROK. Held concurrently with RSOI is FOAL EAGLE, a series of joint/combined field training exercises (FTX), generally not linked with the RSOI CPX. Anywhere from 4,000 - 7,000 US personnel flow to the Korean peninsula in support of these FTXs. RSOI has evolved into a two-part exercise, labeled Parts A and B. During Part A (tier 1), the primary training audience is HQ USPACOM staff. Part B focuses on OPLAN force flow and sustainment with the training audience being Combined Forces Command/USFK. The executive agent for RSOI is USFK.

FOAL EAGLE (FE) is one of three annual exercises that are focused on the defense of the Republic of Korea. The first exercise, taking place around April, is Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration (RSO&I). RSO&I involves simulating the large-scale movement of troops onto the Korean peninsula. At this stage of the simulated engagement, a war with North Korea is imminent, but actual fighting has not yet begun. The second of the three exercises is Ulchi Focus Lens (UFL), where the first few days of engagement are practiced in a computer-simulated environment. Foal Eagle continues the scenario and expands upon it using real troops and actual assets in live training environment exercises.

ULCHI FOCUS LENS

Executes: August timeframe, annually
UFL is a USPACOM exercise conducted with US Forces Korea (USFK) and the armed forces of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The exercise is a US-ROK, simulation-driven, OPLAN oriented Command Post Exercise (CPX) held annually in August in the ROK comprising of two events: Ulchi - a ROK national mobilization exercise involving several hundred thousand ROK citizens practicing wartime activation and traveling to mobilization sites; and Focus Lens - a CFC warfighting CPX. Although there are a significant number of personnel involved with the mobilization portion, this exercise is separate and distinct from the CPX. UFL is the Combined Forces Command (CFC) CDR's premier annual war fighting exercise. During the exercise 3,000 US personnel will travel to the Korean Peninsula and augment the CFC/USFK staff. The executive agent for UFL is USFK.

 

COBRA GOLD

COBRA GOLD (CG) is an annual multilateral exercise that demonstrates USPACOM's capability to project force strategically by rapidly deploying a CTF to conduct Joint/Combined operations. The exercise scenario content is designed toward peace operations and consequence management emphasizing the challenges on the war on terrorism. Training is multilateral, multi-service, interagency, realistic and geared toward the most likely contingency operations in theater - UN PKO/PEO/CM/CT. Due to South East Asia Tsunami Disaster Relief efforts, HQ USPACOM has re-scoped CG 05's Command Post Exercise to a Multinational Workshop and Staff Exercise. HQ USPACOM is considering additional ENCAP/MEDCAP sites within the Tsunami affected areas. CG 05 will be the 24th iteration in the CG series

TIGER BALM

Tiger Balm is an annual, bilateral, combined arms Command Post Exercise between the U.S.  Army and the Singapore Armed Forces. The exercise is a regularly scheduled Pacific Command exercise, with the location alternating each year between the U.S. and Singapore. The Tiger Balm series of exercise first started in the mid 1980s. This will be the first time that the exercise has been hosted by the U.S. in Texas. Texas Army National Guard troops from the 36th Brigade

Combat Team will host the exercise, and will train with soldiers from the 56th Singapore Armored Brigade of Texas.

 

The purpose of Tiger Balm exercises is to improve combined U.S. and Singapore interoperability, practice working in a coalition Task Force (CTF) structure and enhance security relationships between our countries. Singapore is a vital Pacific region ally to the U.S. and participates in

many United Nations and Coalition peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

 

KHAN QUEST IV

KERIS STRIKE

BALIKATAN

The BALIKATAN exercise series is structured to attain CDR USPACOM's objectives that meet agreements outlined in the Mutual Defense Treaty. This exercise is structured to further develop the AFP ability to effectively conduct counterterrorism operations and improve staff planning. Due to South East Asia Tsunami Disaster Relief efforts, HQ USPACOM has canceled BALIKATAN 05 Command Post and Staff Exercises and reduced the scope of the Field Training Exercise. Civil Military Operations (CMO) events using Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) funding and supporting activities are now the central focus of this exercise.

The Balikatan series is an annual event aimed at improving RP-US combined planning, combat readiness, and interoperability while enhancing security relations and demonstrating US resolve to support the Republic of the Philippines against external aggression.

Balikatan is conducted to meet RP-US obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty and to fulfill RP-US mutual training and readiness requirements. The Phillipine Constitution does not allow long-term basing by another country in the Philippines. The last of the US military bases at Subic and Clark were closed in the early 1990s. The first Balikatan exercise was conducted in 1991. In 1995 the Philippines ended Balikatan because of a dispute over the Visiting Forces Agreement. That agreement gives the United States jurisdiction over crimes committed by military personnel while on duty in a foreign country. It was reinstated in May 1999 despite protests from the Catholic Church and other anti-U.S. elements in the Philippines. The Visiting Forces Agreement provided for expanded military cooperation after coming into force in 1999. The Balikatan resumed in 1999 after being suspended.

Units

USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43)

Austal Westpac Express (HSV-X1)

3-12th Marine Rgt

4th Marine Rgt

31st MEU

3rd Force SSG

78th Aviation Battalion

Civil-Military Operations Task Force

36th Airlift Squadron

204th Airlift Squadron

 

 

CENTCOM EXERCISES

BRIGHT STAR

BRIGHT STAR is a biennial, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) directed, USCENTCOM scheduled joint/coalition exercise designed to increase regional involvement in pursuit of improved security and defense capabilities. It is a multi-national exercise conducted in Egypt and co-hosted by Egypt and the United States. This exercise is ARCENT's largest, and USCENTCOM's premier, OCONUS exercise. The numerical designation of the biennial Bright Star exercises can be confusing, since it is based on the American fiscal year in which the exercise is conducted, which begins on 01 October of the preceeding calender year. Thus, Bright Star 2000 was conducted during the September-November 1999 timeframe.

Bright Star is a joint / combined exercise involving tactical air, ground, naval and special operations forces field training. Conducted every two years, Bright Star is designed to enhance military cooperation among U.S. and coalition partners, by strengthening joint commitment to regional stability and mutual interests. Participants include forces from: Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The exercise is an important part of U.S. Central Command's theater engagement strategy, and is designed to improve readiness and interoperability and strengthen relationships between US, Egyptian and participating forces. The exercise began in the early 1980s and is one of many military exercises Central Command conducts in its area of responsibility, which validates training and demonstrates U.S. capability to respond to various contingencies.

Units

75th Aerospace Expeditionary Group

 

 

INSPIRED GAMBIT

The "Inspired" series of combined US-Pakistani military exercises is scheduled by the US Central Command. INSPIRED GAMBIT is a ground FTX conducted between a U.S. light Infantry company and a Pakistani conventional Army battalion (Ė). INSPIRED GAMBIT is a USCENTCOM directed, Third Army/ARCENT executed, biennial exercise conducted in Pakistan.

Approximately 170 soldiers from A Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment and support elements from the 10th Mountain Division (Light) from Fort Drum, N.Y., participated with other members of the U.S. Central Commandís Army component in a combined field training exercise with Pakistani forces in Pakistan June 6-23, 1997. The maneuvers, known as INSPIRED GAMBIT 97, exercised U.S. ground capabilities and provided an opportunity for U.S. and Pakistani forces to enhance military-to-military relationships. The exercise focused on combat skills training at the individual, squad and platoon levels.

EAGER LIGHT

EAGER LIGHT is a CENTCOM directed, Third Army/ARCENT executed, biennial training exercise. This is a joint coalition exercise, which trains U.S. and Jordanian Armed Forces on brigade level battlestaff training. Training is conducted through either Command Post Exercises (CPX) or Field Training Exercises (FTX). Through Operations Intrinsic Action in Kuwait, Bright Star in Egypt and Eager Light in Jordan, XVIII Airborne Corps maintains operating capabilities with Southwest Asian counterparts.

This exercise program has been conducted since at least the mid-1980s. EAGER LIGHT 01 in Jordan consisted of simulation-focused seminars to prepare for a larger scale exercise proposed for FY 2002.

EAGER LIGHT is a CENTCOM directed, Third Army/ARCENT executed, biennial training exercise. This is a joint coalition exercise, which trains U.S. and Jordanian Armed Forces on brigade level battlestaff training. Training is conducted through either Command Post Exercises (CPX) or Field Training Exercises (FTX).

REGIONAL COOP KYRGIZASTAN

Regional Cooperation 04 (RC 04), a Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff sponsored, U.S. Central Command executed, regional exercise for the south and central Asian states (SCAS).  Participants attended multinational symposiums that focused on border security, disaster preparedness, coalition operations, counter terrorism, counter narcotics, command and control organization, interagency operations, and response and mobilization. A two-day crisis response exercise focused on joint military decision making processes.

Regional Cooperation 04 objectives were designed to strengthen relationships and regional cooperation among the SCAS, increase knowledge and understanding of deploying national forces operating in a multinational environment; improve the training levels of the brigade/battalion commanders and staffs in planning and conducting combined operations, and improve the interoperability between the SCAS.

The Regional Cooperation campaign is an annual event consisting of coordination exercises and seminars that, in the future, will include the standup of a regional coordination center (RCC). The RCC would be established to improve interoperability, increase cooperation, reduce response time, increase effectiveness, and develop and use common tactics, techniques and procedures for the SCAS to conduct regional crisis management with a unity of effort.

 

NORTHCOM EXERCISES

PATRIOT

Patriot, the largest annual exercise held across the United States, increases the warfighting capabilities of the National Guard, reserve, and active components of the Air Force and Army. Additionally, the participation of Canadian, United Kingdom, and Dutch forces increases combined effectiveness.

Patriot is the only annually NG sponsor Joint Training Exercise. 

VIGILANT GUARDIAN

The VIGILANT GUARDIAN (VG) is a VIGILANT OVERVIEW (VO) Command Post Exercise (CPX) conducted in conjunction with USCINCSTRAT-sponsored GLOBAL GUARDIAN and USCINCSPACE-sponsored APOLLO GUARDIAN exercises. The exercise involves all HQ NORAD levels of command and is designed to exercise most aspects of the NORAD mission. One VG is scheduled each year and the length will vary depending on the exercise scenario and objectives

ARDEN SENTRY

 

NORTHERN EDGE

Northern Edge is designed to provide training to maintain a high state of joint readiness and to sharpen individual skills.

The 353rd Cope Thunder Squadron officials organized the three-day, six-mission, large force employment exercise involving units from here and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. According to Lt. Col. Curtis Viall, 353rd Cope Thunder Squadron commander, the objective of the exercise is twofold.

Northern Edge is designed to exercise joint operations, techniques, procedures and command and control relationships among all branches of the U.S. military.

ROVING SANDS

The training objectives for this exercise reflect a wide range of capabilities that may be needed in various geographical areas. This training will enhance the ability of various commanders and staffs involved to plan and conduct joint combat operations under realistic and relevant conditions.

During this exercise, the forces will refine their skills in operations using an integrated air defense network of ground, missile, and radar early warning systems combined with tactical fighter and bomber aircraft operating in a simulated high-threat environment. To do this, Army and Marine Corps units will employ air defense systems such as the Patriot, Hawk, and Stinger missiles against realistic front line Air Force and Navy attack forces that include F-14s, F-15s, F/A-18s, EF-111s, EA-6s, B-1s, and B-52s.

Using more than 14,000 square miles of military installations, training ranges and sites throughout Texas and New Mexico, Roving Sands 97 is recognized as one of the military's largest joint air defense training exercises and is one of a series of periodic training opportunities which provide deployable forces with an enhanced understanding of joint operations and tasks.

 

SOUTHCOM EXERCISES

NEW HORIZONS (NH)

 

The purpose of this exercise is to improve joint training readiness of United States engineer, medical, and support units.  The method U.S. forces will use is to conduct Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) activities to construct U.S. Embassy-designated civil projects.  End State is high levels of unit readiness with improved joint interoperability among the services involved, and a by-product of completed construction and medical projects that benefit the host Nation. 

 

A ďlead-stateĒ is chosen to sponsor the exercise and coordinate a duration staff to execute under USARSO.  New Horizons provides a real world mission short of actually deploying to war.  Various units from the 50 States and territories (Engineers and Military Police to Medical and Transportation units) are assigned to execute the mission all coordinated by the task force duration staff.

 

CURRENT EVENT: NEW HORIZONS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FEB-MAY 2006 (NGB-ARO) is a USARSO sponsored JCS exercise to provide joint engineer and medical field training.  The project list this year includes the construction of four new medical clinics, three wells and three separate Medical Readiness Team deployments to provide local medical care.  A Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) lead by the PRARNG Engineers) commenced engineer coordination and will start base camp construction operations on Feb 06 by holding a construction coordination meeting with the contractors and then performing a base camp terrain familiarization for quality assurance personnel.  In total, about 1,600 ARNG soldiers from the different states and territories combined will participate in this exercise over a four-month period. 

 

 

 

 

MEDICAL READINESS TRAINING EXERCISE (MEDRETE)

 

The purpose of a MEDRETE is to train reserve units on how to deploy to rural austere environments and provide medical care.  The MEDRETE provides several services including immunizations, dental, clinical and veterinary services.  Typically comprised of a 20-35 person medical element with attached communications, force protection, and limited logistics support, the average MEDRETE deployed from CONUS for a 14-17 day period to accomplish their mission. Their efforts support the theater engagement plan strategic goal of a stable, prosperous, democratic region cooperating to achieve mutual interests.

           

                                               

PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS (PKO)

 

Peacekeeping exercises and seminars seek the integration and cooperation of the armed forces of the different countries with government and private humanitarian assistance organizations.  Annually this exercise requires a small administrative and logistics support staff, linguists, and a brigade (-) or battalion (+) staff (CDR, XO, S-1/2/3/4/5, and CSM) to conduct the exercise.  PKOs are ideal to prepare a commanderís staff in supporting other ARNG missions such as SFOR and KFOR in Europe.  The integration and interoperability with foreign military personnel, United Nations, government agencies and non-governmental agencies exposes the support personnel and staff to operating in a joint and multi-national exercise.

 

 

FUERZAS ALIADAS HUMANITARIAS (FA-HUM)  

 

Similar to PKOs, Fuerzas Aliadas, or Allied Forces exercise, are conducted each year, which seek the integration and cooperation of the armed forces of the different countries with government and private humanitarian assistance organizations.   These events are ideal in preparing a commanderís staff to assume KFOR and SFOR rotations in EUCOM. One exercise (CPX) will be available in TY06.  One seminar will be available in TY07.

 

 

TRADEWINDS & CABA—AS

 

These exercises are geared specifically for the Caribbean region (TRADEWINDS) and the Central America region (CABA—AS) and bring together over 500 military and police forces for training in relief assistance and law enforcement and stability operations.  ARNG support consists of SOF, aviation and logistical units, personnel and equipment.  The purpose is to develop military to military relations in a joint/combined environment, and enhance regional cooperation in peacekeeping efforts.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL MOSQ TRAINING

 

Individual or small group deployments to the various units of USSOUTHCOM are scheduled for MI detachment, engineer/planning & design cells, chaplains, communications detachments, maintenance detachments, public affairs detachments, linguists, medical personnel and staff augmentation at all levels.  Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras offers a number of opportunities for engineer, military intelligence, aviation and medical personnel to serve in an austere environment and participate in a number of joint and multi-national missions throughout Central America.

 

 

SMALL UNIT FAMILIARIZATION PROGRAM (SUFP)

 

Mission:  the small unit familiarization program is a USARSO program which consists of exchanges with selected LATAM countries for the purpose of improving military relations, enhancing professionalism between military forces, improving military skills, and developing regional awareness.

 

Concept:  a reciprocal exchange of a FORSCOM or National Guard platoon with a like unit from a like unit from the USSOUTHCOM AOR in accordance with FORSCOM/USARSO MOA (Oct 99).  Training consists of a site survey, individual training and collective training at the squad and platoon level.