Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Silver Scimitar

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Silver Scimitar

Article excerpt

A large map of Saudi Arabia faces you from the easel. The noncommissioned officer conducting the briefing talks about the local customs and although the room is warm, it is not as hot as it is outside. Beads of sweat roll down your nose and your mind wanders as you gaze outside through the window when all of a sudden you hear "...and welcome to Fort McCoy and Exercise Silver Scimitar 2001."

The briefing was the beginning to what all soldiers go through during in-processing for exercise Silver Scimitar.

Referred to as the Army's largest administrative personnel exercise, Silver Scimitar was conducted at Fort McCoy, Wis., in late July and involves more than 1,100 Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers from 16 states.

Participating in the recent exercise were units from the 81st Regional Support Command, Birmingham, Ala. The units included the 3rd Personnel Command (PERSCOM), 678TH Personnel Services Battalion, 461st Personnel Services Battalion and the 310th Personnel Group (AG).

During the first several days prior to the actual exercise start date, soldiers negotiated a confidence course, received training on force protection techniques, combat lifesaving, nuclear biological and chemical protection, leadership and communication skills and military vehicle drivers' training. The exercise also provided training opportunities on a variety of other personnel systems.

Senior personnel policy makers from the Army's Soldier Support Institute and Total Army Personnel Command worked directly with Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers during the exercise.

Silver Scimitar was designed to simulate the mobilization of soldiers to Southwest Asia. It tests personnel systems and soldiers' capabilities through a series of scenarios and training. The seasonally hot weather at Fort McCoy provides soldiers the experience of working in temperatures similar to those in Southwest Asia. …

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