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FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Sometime today, the National Training Center trainers will call ENDEX, or end of exercise, for the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.
It’s been 14 days of nearly around-the-clock operations for the Arctic Wolves in NTC’s 358,000 acres of maneuver area. From the optempo of the missions, to the realism of the mock villages and role players, to the operating bases being positioned as they are in Iraq, the mission in California’s Mojave Desert prepared the 1-25th SBCT well for its upcoming deployment as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“NTC has trained us better. The effects, the observer/controllers are right on there to tell you what you did wrong,” said Sgt. Jason Warren, a team leader for A Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. “They have video of the action in the villages, so it’s good.”
The trainers who shadow the 1-25 SBCT Soldiers as they carry out missions are one aspect of the effort the NTC puts into readying units slated for Iraq. Situational training exercises happen for a week before the unit goes to full-spectrum operations. The STX are staged on imitation Iraqi streets with role players as Iraq citizens.
“Being out in the villages here looks exactly like it (Iraq). The pyrotechnics are a very close reality to what they will see, hear and feel in Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Chris Wolney, executive officer for the 1-25th SBCT. “It does create the tension level. It really replicates it very well here. NTC has done a fabulous job.”
Editor’s note: See next week’s Alaska Post for continued coverage of SBCT’s mission to NTC. To see photos of the unit at NTC, go to https://richardson.ak.pac.army.mil/intranet/
resources.htm on an Army computer. Under Public Affairs, click on “USARAK Photos” and access the “1-25@NTC Aug 2008” folder.