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September 2009
September 2009
raining rotations at the Joint Readiness TrainingCenter (JRTC), Fort Polk,La., prepare brigade com-bat teams (BCTs) for de-ployment to Iraq andAfghanistan. JRTC employs arange of technologies and sensoryenhancements along with hun-dreds of cultural role-players andits opposing force, the 1st Battalion(Airborne), 509th Infantry Regi-ment, to replicate as much as possi-ble the environments and situa-tions that soldiers will face.Last summer, the 4th BrigadeCombat Team (Stryker), 2nd Infan-
try Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash.,
came to JRTC for a mission re-hearsal exercise before deployingto Iraq—its brigade-level collectivetraining event before combat. TheBCT’svehicles and much of itsequipment went directly from FortPolk to the port in Beaumont,Texas, for overseas shipment.Following are remarks from fivesergeants major regarding JRTCand the training from the view-points of those who provided thetraining and those who received it.Boasting approximately 125 yearsof collective experience, they alsotalked about being noncommis-sioned officers in the U.S. Army.
Photographs and InterviewsBy Dennis Steele
Senior Staff Writer
Afireball erupts from a junked car as an element of the special effects employed by the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC),Fort Polk,La.,to provide realistic training for Army brigade combat teams (BCTs) preparing for deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan.
Remarks by CSM Christopher Greca
Command Sergeant Major,JRTC and Fort Polk, La.The Joint Readiness Training Center is a diverse installa-tion that is helping our Army win this war.This is not the JRTC of 10 years ago. The Atlanticans andCortinians arelong gone. I think we won that fight. But aswe have made the transition to overseas contingency oper-ations, we have continued to train soldiers for the fightthey are going into, based on the situations in which sol-diers and leaders will find themselves overseas. Adiffer-ence between today’s JRTC and the JRTC of 10 years ago is how flexibleour opposing force is, and how flexi- ble our trainer-mentors [TMs] are inassisting BCTs for the mission sets thatthey will experience in Afghanistan orIraq.Certainly, our soldiers have to beproficient in their core competencies—their battle drills in sector and whendealing with kinetic operations—andthey must react to the emerging threats that exist both inIraq and Afghanistan. JRTC, however,has put a lot of em-phasis on combined operations, improving how we put anIraqi or an Afghan face on our operations. With Americansoldiers at all levels advising and assisting Coalition part-ners, we want to ensurethat their level of proficiency is in-creased at the individual and collective organizational lev-els so that when we hand over security missions to theIraqi army,for example, we can do it with less friction. JRTC does a tremendous job of being part of that.The training rotations are tailored. It begins with the
September 2009
AStryker vehicle covers soldiers from the 4th BCT,2nd Infantry Division, as the brigade trains at JRTC.Soldiers from the 4th BCT watch for opposing force activity at a JRTC training village.

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