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Civilian personnel working with the 75th Training Command, 3rd Brigade, Great Lakes Division, advise soldiers on changes they can make to improve their ability to react to a nuclear disaster on U.S. soil during United States Army North (Fifth Army) led Vibrant Response 13-2. Photo provided by 75th Training Command.

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - 75th Training Command Soldiers evaluate training exercises from July 27 through Aug. 7 to help improve efficiency and accuracy in real world scenarios through a mission on Camp Atterbury. The examinations help the training by making midcourse corrections and sustaining proficiency.

United States Army North (Fifth Army) led Vibrant Response 13-2 is the largest domestic support for civil authorities in the U.S. The 75th TC, 3rd Brigade Great Lakes Division, is the observer-controller for Task Force 51, which is the highest headquarters for this mission. Their responsibility is to make sure units accurately conduct their training objectives according to standards.

“We need to have a fair and objective person who is taking a look from the outside, who knows the military standard on how we operate and can give us feedback on where we need to improve,” said Maj. Gen. Charles Gailes, commanding general of Task Force 51. With the observers’ input, soldiers learn to respond to emergencies, save lives, alleviate suffering and help governments get back into a state of normalcy in a disaster.

“With every unit that goes through this training, the training improves along with the readiness of the individual units,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jae Ho, the collections analyst for the 75th TC. “I correct all their observations reports, go through it for mistakes and send it to Lessons Learned (after action review).”

“To prepare for this mission, we reviewed Lessons Learned from Vibrant Response 12, that included insights and failings that everyone could learn from before,” said Capt. Andrew Vallejos, an observer with the 75th TC. “Reviewing the tips can help the observers coach the units this year, which untimely prepares everyone for the real world.”

As units become more knowledgeable and prepared throughout training exercises such as Vibrant Response, observations and corrections completed by the 75th TC can literally be the difference between life and death.


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Date Taken:08.08.2013

Date Posted:08.10.2013 10:29



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