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A graphic denoting the ongoing XCTC training on Fort Stewart. The Army selected the 3rd ID along with the 48th IBCT to serve as the pilot units for this program designed to increase readiness across the Total Army.

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Marne 63 Sends: 48th IBCT arrives for XCTC
Brig. Gen. John B. Richardson IV,
3rd ID DCG-S

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Proudly wearing the Marne Division Patch on their left shoulders, the Soldiers of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed to Fort Stewart, for their annual summer training as integral members of the 3rd Infantry Division with the full spectrum of capabilities of the division in support. This new partnership between an active component division and a National Guard brigade is part of the Associated Unit Program initiative. The Army selected the 3rd ID along with the 48th IBCT to serve as the pilot units for this program designed to increase readiness across the Total Army. The resources on Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield allow commanders and staff in the 48th IBCT to plan and integrate effects across warfighting functions. It maximizes training time, and build readiness across the 48th IBCT as well as 3rd ID.

This summer the 48th IBCT executes the eXportable Combat Training Capability, which has historically focused on platoon-level certification during the summer before a combat training center rotation. The AUP is designed to enable the 48th to enhance their training experience and go into JRTC next summer at a higher level of readiness through the combined efforts of the National Guard resources (the Georgia National Guard invested 10 additional training days to the XCTC summer training), the resources of the 3rd ID, and the capabilities of the XCTC training package.

What the division brings to the fight raises the ceiling under which platoons and companies will train. Put simply, successful well-trained units can progress with iterative training in an increasingly dynamic and complicated environment. These formations will build on skills they’ve mastered to train with new systems available at 3rd ID, and develop the tactics, techniques, and procedures necessary to succeed at JRTC and when deployed.

Soldiers from across the division to include 2nd Brigade, DIVARTY, the Sustainment Brigade, 1st Brigade, and the Combat Aviation Brigade, are partnered with their counterparts in the 48th IBCT and provide over-the-shoulder observation, coaching, and training. Additionally, they help synchronize logistical support and division-level combat enablers such as aviation to allow leaders of the 48th to integrate combined arms at a more advanced level. Assisting the 48th IBCT on their way to becoming a brigade of certified platoons and better trained companies are dedicated observer/controller/trainers from the division’s 2nd Brigade. These leaders offer both external and impartial evaluations that are packaged and codified by the XCTC civilian contractors. These contractors are able to provide invaluable feedback mechanisms and instrumentation to effectively capture lessons learned while units are training. This feedback will arm commanders with clear guidance when they redeploy and plan subsequent training in preparation for the upcoming rotation to JRTC and beyond.

The Army expects the 48th IBCT to pick up the same mission and solve the same complex problem sets as their active duty counterparts when deployed. Working alongside Georgia National Guard personnel allows us to better understand each other’s strengths and limitations, ultimately making both the division and the 48th more ready to deploy, fight and win. Ultimately, the goal of the AUP is to maximize the time available and leverage partnership expertise allowing the 48th IBCT to increase its “reps and sets” so they go to JRTC at a higher training proficiency thereby increasing overall readiness.

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