DVIDS – News – Nebraska Training Center Command Hosts First Operation Heartland Fury

Unit command teams and full-time staff spend much of their time on training plans. These plans include mandatory annual training, exercises, deployments and more. The Nebraska Army National Guard has three primary training facilities that units can use to meet these training needs: Camp Ashland, Mead, and Greenlief Training Sites.

On August 27, 2022, company command teams from across the state participated in Operation Heartland Fury at Camp Ashland and Mead, Nebraska training sites to gain full visibility and understanding of physical abilities available to meet their training needs while developing further. plans. Another facility, Greenlief Training Site, in Hastings, Nebraska, was scheduled to host the second half of the day, but was canceled due to weather conditions.

Operation Heartland Fury, hosted by Training Center Command (TCC), 209th Regional Training Institute, consisted of various events and tours of training facilities and equipment to show what capabilities are available to support all units from Nebraska. Some of the events included Trench Clearing with Medical Evacuation, Leaders Reaction Course, Abseil Tower and Vehicle Recovery.

“Walking these avenues and seeing the capabilities we have in the state opens doors for units that don’t know we have these resources here and available,” said 1st Sgt. Luke Katz, First Sergeant, Company A, 2-134th Infantry Regiment (Airborne). “It was really good to go through this and be informed about training sites and training resources.”

Although some of the training resources are most often used by state combat arms units, even the leaders of these units have found new training resources available.

“It was a great reminder that TCC has contractors who can work with us and help train operators to operate certain equipment,” Katz said.

TCC has been improving training venue facilities over the past two years, so many leaders saw at least one new thing during the event.

“I didn’t know the trench lines or the vehicle recovery lanes were here,” the master sergeant said. Jose Torres, supply sergeant, 267th Support Maintenance Company. “Hopefully more units will take the time to use these areas for training.”

After the event was over, there was an After Action Review (AAR) where all attendees voiced their opinions and concerns.

“The AAR has provided the TCC with a lot of good feedback that is already being reflected in the initial planning phases of next year’s OHF,” said Lt. Col. Raymond Phillips, Commanding Officer of the TCC. “Recommendations such as including more lanes with less time on a lane to give even more exposure to training site opportunities, targeting a different audience, and how to improve specific lanes that have been conducted are all considered to improve future experiments.”

Phillips was one of the main planners for the event and thanked the soldiers who participated and helped facilitate the OHF.

“I understand the time it takes to plan and execute an event such as OHF and the time it takes away from other things our soldiers might be doing, but in the NEARNG tradition, our soldiers responded to the ‘call and took up the challenge with total fervor,’ said Philips.

The event also served as a precursor to the annual Commander’s Training Synchronization Workshop the following week, as it provided leadership exposure, training and experience with the training facilities and options available before finalizing their next training planning cycle. Given feedback from the event, Phillips said they would likely host the OHF in conjunction with the annual Synchronization Workshop in the future.

Date taken: 09.07.2022
Date posted: 09.07.2022 12:22
Story ID: 428739
Location: NE, United States

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