The US Army has just completed the largest simulated ground-combat exercise since the attacks of Sept. 11 in preparation for a possible confrontation with the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
The 12-day exercise held at the Army’s 200,000-acre Joint Combat Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana included an airborne drop of about a thousand paratroopers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division (Rapid Deployment Force) along with combat and reconnaissance elements needed for a swift-response scenario in case of war.
Commenting on the situation Col. Christopher C. LaNeve operations group commander for the Joint Readiness Training Center and a former brigade commander said this: “This battlefield is incredibly complex.”
“What prepares you for a fight against the Islamic State is being incredibly violent at the moment you have to, and the next minute being able to deal with civilians.”
The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Falcons” is an Airborne Infantry Brigade capable of deploying anywhere in the world on short notice (48-72 hours) to accomplish any mission.