Army opens Indo-Pacific training center

Paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment along with members of the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment of the Canadian Army seize the Donnelly drop zone as part of a joint forcible entry operation during of Exercise Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center 22-02 on March 11, 2022. Photo credit: Master Sailor Dan Bard Canadian Forces Combat Camera. DoD Courtesy Photo: The appearance of United States Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Soldiers will undergo more realistic training for operations in the Indo-Pacific theater, with the army opening a new training center. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) said the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center campuses in Hawaii and Alaska would facilitate joint training exercises between soldiers, partner nations and allies – in light of the need to address the ever-emerging security threat. posed by China.

The new center “allows us to generate readiness in the environments and conditions in which we are most likely to operate,” said Gen. Charles Flynn, commander of US Army Pacific. “It also gives us the opportunity to experiment here in Hawaii and Alaska in very different environments and conditions than training centers in the continental United States.”
The plan calls for three annual rotations, AUSA reported. One would take place in Hawaii, another in the Donnelly or Yukon training areas in Alaska and a third in a partner or allied nation.

One of these exercises, scheduled for 12 days, began on October 26 and involved 6,000 people. During the training, special operations forces from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines participated alongside their American counterparts. It was intended to provide “the most realistic non-combat training environment”, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey VanAntwerp, deputy commander of operations for the 25th Infantry Division, told AUSA. The division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team played an active role during the event, which involved the use of watercraft, challenges to communications, and promotion of the multi-area task force.

Army leaders believe the center does more than provide useful locations for such training. The service would also save considerable sums of money by not sending troops to Fort Polk, Louisiana – a place that bears no resemblance to the theater in which soldiers might one day be called upon to operate.

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