Soldiers assigned to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division work together to load a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter about a cargo ship in preparation for movement to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Aug. 29, 2020. The Joint Readiness Training Center is focused on improving unit readiness by providing highly realistic, stressful, joint and combined arms training across the full spectrum of conflict. The JRTC is one of the U.S. Army’s three “Dirt” Combat Training Centers resourced to train infantry brigade task forces and their subordinate elements in the Joint Contemporary Operational Environment.
With great emphasis on realism, the JRTC Operations Group provides rotational units with the opportunity to conduct joint operations which emphasize contingency force missions. The JRTC training scenario is based on each participating organization’s mission essential tasks list and many of exercises are mission rehearsals for actual operations the organization is scheduled to conduct. JRTC scenarios allow complete integration of Air Force and other military services as well as host-nation and civilian role players. The exercise scenarios replicate many of the unique situations and challenges a unit may face to include host national officials and citizens, insurgents and terrorists, news media coverage and non-governmental organizations.