HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Alaskans along the Richardson Highway corridor from Fairbanks to Delta Junction will see an increase in military convoys and training action later this summer as U.S. Army Alaska hosts Arctic Anvil, a U.S. Army Pacific-level exercise being held in Alaska for the first time.
The exercise will involve approximately 8,000 Soldiers and military support personnel in training areas surrounding Fort Wainwright, Delta Junction and Fort Greely. The influx of Soldiers will begin as early as June, with high traffic expected on the Richardson Highway from mid-July to early August. U.S. Army Alaska is working closely with the Alaska Department of Transportation and the interior Alaska communities to ensure the hundreds of military vehicles traveling intermittently in manageable convoys along Richardson Highway between Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely and create as little impact on local and tourist traffic as possible.
Arctic Anvil is designed to prepare 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division leaders and soldiers for their upcoming National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California, in early 2017 and the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment for future operations. The exercise is designed to provide a challenging and comprehensive combat training center experience to 1st SBCT and 1-52 Aviation soldiers while they are still at home station.
The exercise scenario, equipment and technical expertise is being provided by the 196th Infantry Brigade’s Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability with additional support provided by the Iowa National Guard. JPMRC is bringing an enhanced, instrumented and exportable training capability to provide U.S. Army Alaska units’ a high-fidelity training exercise against a free-thinking enemy.
This will be JPMRC’s first training exercise exported outside of Hawaii. Arctic Anvil will also test JPMRC’s expeditionary capability for the first time.
The Iowa National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment will provide near-peer opposition force enemies, host nation security forces and civilians on the battlefield role players to create realistic, challenging scenarios for USARAK Soldiers to overcome.
Arctic Anvil will test and validate USARAK’s ability to receive and redeploy large numbers of personnel from outside Alaska. This reinforces Alaska as a power projection platform as it exercises its ability to efficiently exercise Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration.
With mature fort-to-port secure rail systems, deep water ports and two high-capacity Air Force bases, Alaska is strategically equipped to be a power projection platform into the Pacific and the Arctic.
The exercise also showcases the vast and diverse training area of the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, providing unmatched opportunities for present and future service, joint, interagency and multinational training. JPARC consists of approximately 65,000 square miles of available airspace, 2,490 square miles of land space with 1.5 million acres of maneuver land which includes high altitude and mountainous regions, and 42,000 square miles of sea and airspace in the Gulf of Alaska.
Arctic Anvil is an integrated combined, joint and coalition training event will include the participation of U.S. Army Alaska, Alaska National Guard, Iowa National Guard, U.S. Air Force, 196th Infantry Brigade and the Canadian military. Large combined operations exercises like this provide vital training opportunities for active duty and National Guard units to integrate and work together as we do in combat environments.
As part of U.S. Army Alaska’s involved relationship with the Canadian Army, 1 Canadian Mounted Brigade Group is expected to send a unit of soldiers to participate in the exercise.
More information about the exercise, including convoy schedules, will be made available closer to the exercise dates.
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