V Corps to begin training for second Iraq tour
HEIDELBERG, Germany — Preparing for its second Iraq deployment later this year, V Corps will spend some three weeks next month training in Grafenwöhr, Germany.
The training, essentially in running the war, will help prepare V Corps to take over command from 18th Airborne Corps, out of Fort Bragg, N.C., which itself took command of Multinational Corps Iraq last January.
The training will include coalition-type exercises and involve staff and servicemembers from Poland, the United Kingdom and Italy, said Col. Roger King, spokesman for U.S. Army Europe, V Corps’ parent command.
Also included in the training via computer will be U.S.-based units scheduled to deploy to Iraq, including elements of the 101st Airborne Division and the 4th Infantry Division.
The training will comprise two consecutive exercises: the first, “Urgent Victory” will be the last in a series of exercises designed to train and evaluate V Corps with input from the Battle Command Training Program, said Lt. Col. Brian McNerney, a V Corps spokesman.
The second exercise is called “Unified Endeavor,” McNerney said.
“We pick up the pace and increase the sophistication of the exercise to as closely mimic the realities downrange as an exercise will permit,” McNerney said.
Afterward, the corps will be certified ready to go to combat and take command, he said.