JPMRC ready after Lightning Forge

| March 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division perform an air assault on an objective at Marine Corp Training Area, Bellows during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability rotation 16-01 Lightning Forge. The rotation ran from Jan. 31 - Feb. 9. Photo by Robert Aguilar, JPMRC-ITACSS Combat Camera

Soldiers from 2nd BCT, 25th ID, perform an air assault on an objective at MCTA-Bellows during the JPMRC rotation 16-01 Lightning Forge. The rotation ran from Jan. 31 – Feb. 9.

Story by Rodney Jackson 196th Infantry Brigade
Photos by Robert Aguilar
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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – Another successful Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC) rotation came to a close here on the Islands of Hawaii as Soldiers from 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conducted exercise Lightning Forge Jan. 31 – Feb. 9.

JPMRC acted as the observer/controller element of Lightning Forge, enhancing the exercise’s ability to increase a rotational unit’s combat readiness by providing a realistic, high energy experience – similar to the experience of a combat training center. Soldiers faced simulated free-thinking opposition forces, host nation forces and civilians on the battlefield during the exercise.

During the exercise, JPMRC was visited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., and three of our military counterparts from Japan, Singapore and Korea. The visitors were briefed on the JPMRC’s ability to train and improve the readiness of U.S. Army Pacific’s units before observing those capabilities first-hand.

“… we really started very small with our first unit assessment, working with just one battalion out of the 25th Infantry Division and then growing to a brigade operation last year in February of 2015 with 3rd Brigade, and we’re working with 2nd Brigade now,” said Col. Scott Mitchell, 196th Infantry Brigade, JPMRC, commander.

“We’ll train two more brigades in this calendar year, so the capability has grown from getting it here, to finding the manning that we needed to run it, to figuring out how to use all of the different systems that are integral to making the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability come together,” said Mitchell.

Soldiers and personnel from the JPMRC and 196th IN BDE worked countless hours instrumenting over 1000 Soldiers and hundreds of vehicles from the 2 BCT, 25 ID. At the end of the exercise, over 5000 soldiers had been trained – including the Division Headquarters – in a premier, home station training event.

The JPMRC-Instrumentation System (IS) is a combination of sensors, radios and laser engagement equipment combined with a series of software and hardware packages, data collection towers and other capabilities that track the rotational unit’s personnel and vehicles on the battlefield during training. The IS provides enhanced after action reviews compiled by the 196th staff and supported by combat training center-experienced analysts.

The next challenge for JPMRC is rotation 16-02, Arctic Anvil, in Alaska. This will be the first time the system will be deployed and support an exercise across the Pacific for another BCT and returned back to its home station here on Oahu. Elements of 1-25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) from U.S. Army-Alaska will receive the same high level, realistic training in July and August at multiple training locations across Alaska prior to their deployment to the National Training Center. Once this training is complete and the JPMRC is successfully redeployed, it will have passed its final test and will be prepared to support training across the Pacific.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., hosted by Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th Infantry Division, receives an operations briefing from Col. Scott Mitchell, commander, 196th Infantry Brigade, Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability during JPMRC rotation 16-01 Lightning Forge. The rotation ran from Jan. 31 - Feb. 9. Photo by Robert Aguilar, JPMRC-ITACSS Combat Camera

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., is hosted by Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th ID, receives an operations briefing from Col. Scott Mitchell, commander, 196th Inf. Bde., during JPMRC rotation 16-01 Lightning Forge.

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