By Maj. Nichole L Downs, Mission Command Training Program Public Affairs April 22, 2016
Over the past 15 years, the Department of Defense has fought a war against terrorism around the globe. In this fight, conventional and special operations forces have found it necessary to rely on one another's capabilities. This interdependence created a need to train and educate on how to integrate special operations forces with conventional forces.
The Mission Command Training Program helped achieve this goal through executing its first-of-a-kind warfighter, incorporating conventional forces and special operations forces training audiences.
Warfighter 16-4 simultaneously took place at Fort Bragg, N.C., and Fort Riley Kan., April 6-15.
During the exercise, XVIII Airborne Corps, a primary training audience, executed two mission sets as a combined joint task force and as a combined joint land forces component command. Of equal importance, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from the Utah Army National Guard was incorporated as a combined joint special operations task force.
"This warfighter was extremely complex," said Col. Edward T. Bohnemann, MCTP commander. "This warfighter is crucial to XVIII Airborne Corps and their Secretary of Defense global response force requirement — and having an actual CJSOTF benefits both our conventional and special forces to prepare for and fight and win in a complex operating environment."
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