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    Cyclone Division soldiers embrace challenge, exceed standard in Warfighter Exercise 21-5

    Cyclone Division soldiers embrace challenge, exceed standard in Warfighter Exercise 21-5

    Photo By 1st Lt. Tierra Fernanders | The 38th Infantry Division's tactical operation center stands at Camp Atterbury near...... read more read more



    Story by 1st Lt. Tierra Fernanders 

    38th Infantry Division

    The 38th Infantry Division soldiers conducted warfighter exercise 21-5 where they embraced the challenge and exceeded the standard.

    The 38th ID soldiers are many things, but the best word to describe them during this training year is adaptable. COVID-19 brought many challenges that this division embraced and overcame while maintaining a healthy, strong, resilient force.

    The 38th ID, one of eighteen U.S. Army divisions, participated in a warfighter training exercise with the active-duty 3rd ID and the National Guard's 35th ID. The division command provides operations in the area of fires, maneuver, sustainment, and intelligence to maintain the necessary skill sets.

    “The 38th Infantry Division must be ready to answer the call in the event of a natural disaster stateside, or to defend of country from foreign enemies. A warfighter exercise is what prepares the 38th Infantry Division to answer those calls.” said Commanding General Maj. Gen. Timothy Thombleson.

    Thombleson also elaborated on what warfighter exercises meant to his staff and the Kansas National Guard's 35th ID staff.

    "The Warfighter 21-5 exercise provides our 38th Infantry Division staff the opportunity to familiarize and grow in their warfighting roles by operating in a simulated, large-scale combat operation," said Thombleson. "The 38th Infantry Division works in parallel, and in conjunction, with their sister-division from the Kansas Army National Guard, who is this year’s the main training audience."

    It is critical that soldiers retain their warfighting skills. These skills ensure that the unit is able to respond effectively and efficiently when the call of duty to defend the United States is summoned.

    “Warfighter is important because it is an opportunity to connect our soldiers’ skills with the other intelligence and staff sections to deliver situational awareness and predictive analysis for the division,” said Staff Sgt. Ben Eager, an intelligence noncommissioned officer.

    The importance of executing a warfighter is known and understood from the unit’s officers down through the noncommissioned officers and to junior enlisted soldiers. All soldiers of the Cyclone Division adapted and overcame the challenges proposed to them by COVID-19 and the training exercise and exceeded the standard.

    The unit incorporated safety and health procedures to ensure individual’s health were not compromised while being able to effectively train and maintain the skills sets of this diverse and highly qualified force that returned from deployment a short year ago.

    The 38th Infantry Division, headquartered in Indianapolis and known as the Cyclone Division, remains postured to strengthen defense relationships and build partner capacity. Subordinate units in the 38th provide capabilities in infantry, aviation, logistics, force protection and information management.



    Date Taken: 06.11.2021
    Date Posted: 06.12.2021 10:23
    Story ID: 398758
    Location: CAMP ATTERBURY, IN, US 

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