by Erica Brechtelsbauer
This week from sunup to sundown, 123 soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division “Strike” are loading a barge on the Cumberland River to prepare for a trip to the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk in Louisiana.
Loading the barge on Barge Point Road, at Winn Materials, will take four days to complete. Once it is ready, it will take two weeks to get to Louisiana.
The training exercise will take place next month and will involve approximately 3,700 soldiers from 2nd BCT and around 800 vehicles.
“A lot of strong community partners helped get this together, between contractors and the local police department helping escort us,” said Maj. Andrew Colsia, executive officer.
The JRTC is one of the Army’s three “Dirt” Combat Training Centers resourced to train infantry brigade task forces. During the month, soldiers will focus on improving unit readiness by providing realistic, joint and combined arms training across the full spectrum of conflict.