Master Sgt. Shelia L. Cooper

3rd ID Public Affairs

Sgt. Michael Jeter, signal support systems specialist, 3rd ID, takes down an antenna from a truck during the warfighter exercise Nov. 12, at Fort Stewart. The warfighter exercise is a 10-day exercise to test the synchronization and coordination between the division staff. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelia Cooper)

3rd ID completes warfighter

More than 3,000 Soldiers assigned to 3rd Infantry Division participated and provided support during  the warfighter exercise 19.2, Nov. 4-15, at Fort Stewart.

The warfighter exercise assessed the emerging capabilities and concepts of working with multinational forces, which enabled testing of the mission partner environment in order to evaluate the Army’s interoperability with coalition and joint forces. These assessments help improve overall mission readiness and the division gated strategy.

“It is an every-other-year event,” said Lt. Col. Ethan Divens, operations officer in charge for 3rd ID. “It is to train and asses the readiness of the division to deploy and fight.”

WFX 19.2 provided multi-echelon training opportunities for III Corps, who is serving as 3rd ID’s higher command, along with joint enablers, subordinate units and coalition partners from forts Bliss and Fort Hood in Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Fort Stewart, who all participated in the exercise.

During this exercise, 3rd ID took the opportunity to train every echelon through the division.

 “From young Soldiers collecting and processing intelligence, executing artillery and logistics but then also leaders planning at every echelon from company to battalion brigade with the main focus being on the division staff,” Divens said. “It tests our warfighting skills and our readiness, as well as build and generates readiness because it’s a multi-echelon event.” 

Every section within the division worked together to coordinate and synchronize efforts amongst subordinate unit.

“My role in the warfighter exercise is to is to assist and advise the commanding general to provide an overall picture and information about what’s going on with the subordinate units to make it easier for him to make decisions about the battlefield,” said Staff Sgt. Clinton Titus, operations noncommissioned officer with 3rd ID.

Overall, the purpose of this exercise was to train division staff members by utilizing military strategy to maximize training opportunities and increase joint and multinational interoperability while leveraging collective resources that may reduce personnel and resource cost. This is accomplished by using the six-warfighting functions.

These warfighting functions include mission command, protection, sustainment, movement and maneuver, information dominance, intelligence and fires, Divens said.

Although most warfighting functions were practiced, some functions stood out more than others.

“We use something called the operations process for activities; plan, prepare, execute, asses, and it stresses us and our leaders to continuously move elements and equipment across the battlefield for a week and a half straight,” said Divens. “We have to leverage technology and enable and integrate to all organic subordinate brigades.”

As more than 5,700 U.S. troops, to include Air Force elements, came together and used like systems to communicate during the exercise, the Army and 3rd ID employed one system that enabled all participants to work together.

“Our armored brigade combat teams replicated multiple subordinate units in addition to our sustainment brigade, division artillery brigade, and our aviation brigade,” said Divens. 

This exercise helped Soldiers of all ranks throughout the brigade enhance leadership capabilities by conducting operations that would not normally be done during garrison operations.