Lightning Forge engages global partners

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

A UH-60 provides armed overwatch of 3-25 IBCT forces following air assault operations near Kahuku, during JPMRC 18-01 Lightning Forge. (photo by Jonathan Steffen, JPMRC MediaTeam)

Capt. Rich Diegel
196th Infantry Brigade

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — As 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division began their second week of home station training during Lightning Forge 18-01, foreign visitors from across the Pacific came to Oahu to observe how the 196th Infantry Brigade and Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC) can build readiness and interoperability for their respective national militaries.

During this iteration of Lightning Forge, key Army leaders from Canada, Japan, Philippines and Singapore received operational briefs on JPMRC exercises.

One of the unique characteristics of the JPMRC Instrumentation System is exportability.

Maj. Scott McGrath, Chief of Operations for exercise control, briefs Brig. Gen. Goh Si Hou, Commander 6 thDIV Singapore Army, during JPMRC 18-01 Lightning Forge (photo by Jonathan Steffen, JPMRC Media Team)

As opposed to traditional combat training centers, the JPMRC-IS can be packed into containers, shipped across the Pacific and reconfigured to conduct training in a matter of weeks. Coupled with professional Observer Controller-Trainers (OC-Ts) from 196th Infantry Brigade and integration with our supporting partners, JPMRC can execute home station training exercises to build readiness at the brigade-and-below level almost anywhere in the world.

Since 2016, 196th Infantry Brigade has exported the JPMRC-IS on two occasions; JPMRC 16-02 Arctic Anvil at Donnelly Training Area (DTA), Alaska in June 2016, and JPMRC 17-02 Bayonet Focus at Yakima Training Center (YTC), Washington in June 2017. During Arctic Anvil 16-02, the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 25th ID, was the designated unit that executed a 12-day instrumented training rotation using the JPMRC-IS and a dynamic operational environment.

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