Gen. Casey visits ‘Broncos’ at NTC

| January 28, 2011 | 0 Comments
Gen. George Casey Jr. (right), Army chief of staff, visits Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, to talk about training at NTC, Saturday.

Gen. George Casey Jr. (right), Army chief of staff, visits Col. Richard Kim (left), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, to talk about training at NTC, Saturday.

Story and Photos by
Staff Sgt. Shelia Sledge
13th Public Affairs Detachment

 

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Training hard and conducting situational training exercises are just a few things 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division Soldiers are doing at the National Training Center, here.

Gen. George Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, visited them during their strenuous training in January.

As the Bronco Soldiers train and prepare for an upcoming yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Casey stopped by to see the Soldiers train and to talk with Col. Richard Kim, commander, 3rd BCT.

Gen. George Casey Jr. (left), Army chief of staff, visits Col. Richard Kim (right), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Maj. Daniel Gibson (center), fires support officer, 3rd BCT, to talk about training at NTC, Saturday.

Gen. George Casey Jr. (left), Army chief of staff, visits Col. Richard Kim (right), commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, and Maj. Daniel Gibson (center), fires support officer, 3rd BCT, to talk about training at NTC, Saturday.

“My main reason for coming out here today was to see how (NTC) was adapting itself, so when we have units come through to do training later this year, other than for Iraq or Afghanistan, we will be prepared to do that,” Casey said.

Casey said that Kim told him how pleased he was with the stressful nature of the exercise, and how the exercise has made him react to different situations throughout the training.

“My team and I will leave here performing as a team and better prepared for this upcoming mission,” Kim said, to Casey.

The training at NTC will help prepare the Broncos Bde. for its deployment.

 

“We are receiving the exact environmental training while in the ‘box‚’” Kim said. “This training is very realistic and challenging, and it will prepare (3rd BCT Soldiers) better for the environment and terrain that we will face in Afghanistan.”

Even though the training is catered to Afghanistan, right now, NTC is looking for ways to improve training, so future Soldiers can be trained on several regions throughout the world.

“I think the biggest changes you will see (are in) the versatility that needs to be here, so we can train units on Iraq and Afghanistan or other specific missions, but at the same time, train them for a range of missions,” Casey said.

Casey added that Soldiers have to be versatile enough to train for Afghanistan one day and then for a different rotation the next day, because Soldiers never know what will happen next.

Casey also spoke about the changes of manpower throughout the Army.

He stated that the Army has enlisted more than 100,000 troops during the last five years with the intent that once the Soldiers, like the ones from Bronco team, return home from deployment, they could have two years of stabilization with their families before deploying again, instead of 18 months.

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