HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – One of many firsts for the upcoming Arctic Anvil exercise in Alaska’s Interior is the deployment of the 196th Infantry Brigade’s Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability from Hawaii.
The JPMRC consists of a deployable package of personnel and equipment designed to support Army, joint and multinational training exercises across the Pacific theater. The unit’s equipment and personnel began arriving in Alaska to set up operations in the Donnelly Training Area for the Arctic Anvil exercise, July 23 through Aug. 3.
JPMRC will control the exercise, provide Observer, Coach-Trainers, and document the training during Arctic Anvil, enhancing the exercise’s ability to increase a rotational unit’s combat readiness by providing a realistic, high energy experience – similar to the experience of a combat training center deployment. Soldiers will face simulated free-thinking, near-peer opposition forces with the added challenge of role-playing host nation security forces and civilians on the battlefield during the exercise.
The JPMRC-Instrumentation System is a combination of sensors, radios and Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System equipment, combined with a series of software and hardware packages, data collection towers and other capabilities that track the rotational unit’s personnel and vehicles on the battlefield during training. The IS provides enhanced After-Action Reviews compiled by combat training center-experienced analysts and the OC/T.
This will be the first time the system deploys and supports an exercise across the Pacific for another brigade combat team from the unit’s home station on Oahu. Elements of the 1st Brigade Stryker Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment from U.S. Army Alaska’s Aviation Task Force will receive the same high-level, realistic training in July and August at multiple training locations across Alaska prior to their deployment in February to the National Training Center. Once this training is complete and the JPMRC is successfully redeployed, it will have passed another operational test and will be closer to supporting training across the Pacific area of operations.
U.S. Army Alaska planners for the exercise are working to schedule the vast majority of convoys between Fort Wainwright and the Donnelly Training Area to roll at night between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. to minimize traffic problems along the Richardson Highway during Arctic Anvil. A color-coded calendar will be published before the exercise to show expected times of heavy, medium and light military traffic so residents can see when military traffic will be heaviest and plan accordingly.
To keep an eye on the exercise, residents can turn to Arctic Anvil social media accounts at https://twitter.com/Arctic_Anvil and https://www.facebook.com/ArcticAnvil/. Both accounts will see increasing use as the exercise dates draw closer.
In the interim, questions or concerns may be directed to the U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs Office at (907) 353-0498 or 384-2072.
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