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34th I.D. plans for Austere Challenge 11 in Germany

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable," said General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II

The planning process for Austere Challenge 11 (AC11) is important to the execution of the plan during the exercise AC11, which will take place in April, is an annual military exercise that allows US Commanders the opportunity to conduct full spectrum operations as a Joint Task Force Headquarters

Soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division performed the important Crisis Action Planning (CAP) phase of AC11 at Grafenwoehr, Germany Jan 24 to Feb 4, 2011

"With its history and tremendous reputation, the 34th ID will add rigor and realism to the exercise," said Steve Alvarado, US Army Europe's G3 Training and Exercise Division planner "The 34th ID's participation highlights the best coalition put together in many years"

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The Red Bulls teamed with service members from the US Marine Corp, US Air Force, US Army Europe and Coalition Forces from Germany, France and Poland during the planning phase  The goal of the CAP is for the Coalition Forces to develop a feasible course of action, identify resources needed to ready forces, schedule transportation, and prepare supplies for movement and employment of coalition forces

Lt. Col. Robert Intress is the Chief of Plans for the 34th ID  His primary responsibility during CAP was to insure the division had an executable plan and operations order that will be transitioned into the Current Ops Cell of the division for execution of the exercise in April

"We faced multiple challenges at every echelon," said Intress  "We were able to synchronize all of the divisional enabling elements to come up with a plan that the division can take forward"

Service members from Germany, France, Poland and Great Britain will play a key role in the exercise  The coalition partners were also a key part of the planning process

"They are a large part of our operations plan," said Intress  "Having them involved in the CAP added a depth of understanding of what they bring to the table with their formations"

Brig Gen David Elicerio, 34th ID Commander, and his staff will continue to prepare for the exercise during the February and March drills, before heading to Germany in April for AC11

By Master Sgt Richard Kemp
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
1 Feb 2011





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