NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER, FORT IRWIN, Calif. – U.S. Army Alaska Soldiers have traveled more than 3,400 miles from Fort Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and are facing an 80-degree temperature difference to test their readiness to be globally deployable and regionally engaged.
Approximately 4,000 Arctic Wolves from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright rolled out to the desert training areas for Decisive Action Rotation 15-03 here Jan. 18, and are now fully ensconced in their missions.
Decisive action rotations at the NTC ensure brigade combat teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for the current fight and unforeseen future contingencies. The NTC rotation is a capstone training event that all Army units must attend in order to validate readiness for the mission sets required to address contingencies worldwide.
U.S. Army Alaska moved more the 4,200 Soldiers to Southern California for the training. To put that in perspective, the population of North Pole, Alaska, is only 2,214 residents. The brigade also moved 1,324 total pieces of equipment by air, land and sea from interior Alaska in the middle of winter to the desert terrain of southern California for the training event.
While 1/25 SBCT has not been scheduled for an upcoming deployment, successful completion of this training event ensures that all personnel and systems are ready for the variety of mission sets that could be needed across the Pacific.
A smaller group of JBER Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division are taking part in different training in California as well.
Able Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne) 509th Infantry Regiment sent 100 paratroopers to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center’s Basic Mobility Course in Bridgeport, California, roughly 300 miles north of Fort Irwin. The purpose is to share inter-service knowledge on how to move, operate and survive in high-altitude, extreme cold-weather environments. After completing the two-week course, the Alaska-based soldiers will train against Marine students during a follow-on culminating event.
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