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78th Training Division’s ‘Arctic Lightning’ exercise assesses readiness of the Total Force

Over 4,000 Soldiers from the Army Reserve, National Guard and active duty will participate in a collective training exercise on four separate military installations from Jan. 10 to Jan. 30. “Arctic Lightning” breaks up installation boundary limits, and has active duty and National Guard units participate in an Army Reserve-hosted training exercise.

The “Arctic Lightning” Warrior Exercise (WAREX) places units in a simulated austere overseas environment. The purpose of the training is for units to practice their technical discipline and warfighting functions while operating in a hostile environment. The 78th Training Division, the 75th Training Division and First Army will assess the participating units throughout the exercise. Having units from each of the Army’s components train together as part of the Army’s Total Force Policy, mirrors the realities of interdependence during contingency operations.
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