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Red Bulls Prepare for Warfighter

Minnesota National Guard FARIBAULT, Minn - Soldiers of 34th Red Bull Infantry Division continued preparations for their upcoming Warfighter exercise during a command post exercise, March 1, 2014 Working with Joint Base Lewis-McChord-based Soldiers of First Army, the Red Bulls trained on important command and control battle drills and tested key communications equipment they will use this summer during the main exercise at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

"This was important for a number of reasons," said Army Maj Matthew Smith, the Joint Air Integration Cell Chief "To ensure we have good connectivity between the digital systems; this will make our setup and digital communication establishment at Warfighter that much faster That way we can concentrate on building our proficiency on those systems and it also gets everybody more aware of the battle drill process, what information they need and what to do with that information It just builds that proficiency so that we can get to the next step faster when we get on the ground for Warfighter"

The upcoming Warfighter exercise at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will test the ability of the division and other units to perform effectively during a variety of simulated scenarios

"This exercise was an opportunity for the division to exercise battle drills, based on scenarios, to work out some of the inconsistencies or deficiencies that we don't want to face when we get down to the actual Warfighter exercise," Smith said

The Red Bulls were not alone in their preparation Soldiers of the Fort Lewis-based First Army were on hand as training mentors

"They were key in providing products and resources that we needed to help us establish our standard operating procedures much faster," said Smith "They were a key resource for us"

34th Red Bull Infantry Division Public Affairs
March 3, 2014


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