2nd Brigade Combat Team on Exercise After Inherent Resolve

Network Integration Exercise 17.2 Tests Capabilities

Approximately 1,900 Soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, arrived for the Network Integration Exercise 17.2 at Fort Bliss, Texas, July 5 – 6.

NIE began in 2011, and the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division has been a major participant in the exercise since its inception.

The “Strike” Brigade is the first rotational unit to conduct NIE here.

After Operation Inherent Resolve

As an expeditionary light infantry unit recently returning from supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the brigade provides an operational mindset that will assist in the overall assessment of practices and systems being used during the NIE exercise.

“The 2nd BCT returned from combat operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in January 2017, where the brigade headquarters and four battalion headquarters conducted expeditionary advise and assist operations under austere combat conditions,” said Maj. Timothy Chess, operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “This experience prepared the brigade for evaluating new mission command and electronic warfare (EW) systems from the perspective of potential fielding to deployed or deploying BCTs.”

Prior to arriving here, the brigade participated in several planning conferences, new equipment training and an extensive mission command system validation exercise, said Chess.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division aims to test new equipment and provide valid feedback during the exercise.

“The main objective of the 2nd BCT is to test the equipment as directed by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and U.S. Army Forces Command to provide Senior Army leaders Soldiers’ feedback on emerging concepts and capabilities within the Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, Facilities and Policy (DOTMLPF-P) analysis framework,” said Chess.

As the main participants of the exercise, the brigade will use and test new military equipment.

“The Soldiers of 2BCT are testing Systems under Test (SUTs), Risk Reduction Events (RRE) and other mission command and EW systems under simulated combat conditions,” said Chess. “As part of the test, the Soldiers are providing candid, constructive feedback on the systems and their capabilities.”

In addition, this exercise will also benefit the brigade’s training and deployment readiness.

“NIE 17.2 allows 2nd BCT to exercise deployment and redeployment operations, distributed mission command across six subordinate battalion command nodes, company through battalion air assaults, platoon-level live fire exercises and brigade and battalion staff planning,” said Chess.

At the end of the exercise, the unit wants to provide the test community and Senior Army leadership feedback on the systems that will enable a proper decision making on future equipment fielding and ensuring the warfighter is fully supported with the right capabilities, said Chess. “2nd BCT wants to maximize the training value associated with deploying a BCT to Fort Bliss and executing a tactical scenario.”

U.S Army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), move from under a CH-47 Chinook after successfully hanging up the Tactical Control Node-Light, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of the brigade preparation for the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they were the first light BCT to participate, July 5 - 6, 2017. The Tactical Communications Node was originally developed on five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs). The new Lite (L) versions are integrated onto Humvees, which can be sling-loaded from a helicopter for significantly increased agility and operational flexibility. U.S Army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), move from under a CH-47 Chinook after successfully hanging up the Tactical Control Node-Light, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of the brigade preparation for the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they were the first light BCT to participate, July 5 – 6, 2017. The Tactical Communications Node was originally developed on five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs). The new Lite (L) versions are integrated onto Humvees, which can be sling-loaded from a helicopter for significantly increased agility and operational flexibility. (Photo Credit: U.S Army photo by Sgt. Bradford Alex) VIEW ORIGINAL U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) watch as a CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne, sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of the brigade preparation for the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they were the first light BCT to participate, July 5 - 6, 2017. The Tactical Communications Node was originally developed on five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs). The new Lite (L) versions are integrated onto Humvees, which can be sling-loaded from a helicopter for significantly increased agility and operational flexibility. U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) watch as a CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne, sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of the brigade preparation for the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they were the first light BCT to participate, July 5 – 6, 2017. The Tactical Communications Node was originally developed on five-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs). The new Lite (L) versions are integrated onto Humvees, which can be sling-loaded from a helicopter for significantly increased agility and operational flexibility. (Photo Credit: U.S Army photo by Sgt. Bradford Alex) VIEW ORIGINAL Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, disembark the plane during their arrival for the Network Integration Exercise 17.2, here, July 5. The "Strike" Brigade with 101st ABN DIV is the first rotational brigade to conduct NIE here.  Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, disembark the plane during their arrival for the Network Integration Exercise 17.2, here, July 5. The “Strike” Brigade with 101st ABN DIV is the first rotational brigade to conduct NIE here. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Capt. Earl Wilson, Joint Modernization Command) VIEW ORIGINAL

 

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