600 New York National Guard soldiers heading to Fort Drum

600 New York National Guard soldiers heading to Fort Drum
Fort Drum

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Six hundred New York Army National Guard soldiers from across the state head to Fort Drum this weekend for a command post exercise that runs July 19 through 31.

Soldiers from headquarters units located in Troy, Syracuse, Latham, and New York City will participate in a computer simulation that tests their ability to plan and execute division, brigade and battalion level missions.

The computer simulation forces the soldiers to plan missions and conduct staff functions just as they would in an actual battle.

Dubbed “Liberty Hunter,” the exercise will involve staff officers and soldiers at the division, brigade and battalion level. Divisions consist of around 20,000 troops while brigades range from 3,500 to 5,000 soldiers. A battalion is 300 to 600 soldiers.

The participants include the 42nd Infantry Division headquarters located in Troy, the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Syracuse, and the 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade which is based in Latham.

During the command post exercise, leaders and staff sections participate around the clock in making decisions involving logistics, intelligence, and operations which play out in a computer simulation. Staffs must pass message traffic and reports, prepare battle plans, and write the orders to execute those plans.

This event will be primarily conducted at the Operational Readiness Training Complex.

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