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Fort Hood takes part in massive training exercise

By: Chris Cheng

FORT HOOD – With the war in Iraq over, and as the Army prepares to draw down troops, III Corps has been selected to take part is a major training exercise known at Unified Land Operations Warfighter Exercise(WFX).

The WFX is a historic simulation that began on June 11th and runs until the 22nd.

"This is the first time in 10 years that we've had the opportunity of exercising a corps at this level," Colonel Charles Sexton said.

Col. Sexton is the commander of the Mission Command Training Program that is heading the exercise.

The Army developed the program to test III Corp's ability to perform mission command functions, hone skills, and ensure their readiness.

"Tremendous learning environment here the lessons that we are learning will help not only inform me as a commander but I believe the Army at large," General Donald Campbell said.

The WFX involves nearly 6,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen from all branches of the military.

In the scenario, III Corps is working with coalition forces to restore power to the government of a country facing invasion.

"It's a Caspian Sea scenario using obviously fictional nations but it focuses on a nation that invaded another nation and the nation that was invaded called in for support," Gen. Campbell said.

The army is using this as a prototype for a change in posture from a counter insurgency type of warfare to a more traditional country-on-country type of warfare.

"There are some of our skill sets that may have atrophied, it's been a long time since we have fought anyone with a tank, it's been a long time since we have fought and thank goodness it's been a long time since we fought anyone with an air force," Col. Sexton said.

The Army's focus is to make sure it's soldiers can bring back their traditional training along with combat methods that have developed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It takes a lot of work to become the best and it takes a lot of effort and III Corps is generally putting that effort and that work into it," Col. Sexton said.

The data and results that come out of the WFX will not only benefit the Army, but III Corps as well.

"This is a very good, very strong, prepared headquarters that I am very confident could deploy tomorrow to do the nations bidding wherever we needed to go," Gen. Campbell said.

The soldiers, sailors, and airmen who all took part would all be deployed together should a future conflict arise.

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