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A Leader's Guide To the Bavaria Military Community
Our community, we are focused on a common mission, unifying resources and talents into a single, cohesive team to overcome any obstacles. The teamwork between our military community and our German hosts will make the Bavaria Military Community better for our Soldiers, Families, and Civilian workforce.
Community Command Messges:
There is no better place to train for Afghanistan than the Grafenwoehr Training Area.
As the only places in the U.S. Army that regularly trains with multinational partners, no one builds partner capacity better than the Joint Multinational Training Command.
There is no better place to live than Grafenwoehr.
We are good stewards of our resources.
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Joint Multinational Training Command, the most well-equipped and fully capable training command in the U.S. military today, possessing a world-class gunnery complex, cutting edge live, virtual and constructive simulations, and a challenging, realistic boots-in-the-mud maneuver area, and it has the unique ability to train any force, from the individual Soldier to the joint task force headquarters. Emphasizing joint, interagency and multinational capabilities, JMTC provides America’s forces with real-world, combat-derived skills and experience to accomplish any mission, anywhere in the world.
U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, who proactively provide installation capabilities and services to the best quality of life for our Soldiers, Families and DOD Civilians commensurate with their service, while supporting expeditionary operations for the JMTC, V Corps, 21st TSC, and transient training units. The U.S. Army Garrisons of Hohenfels and Garmisch fall under their control.
2d Armored Cavalry Regiment, which has the distinction of being the "Longest Active Serving Cavalry Regiment in the United States Army."
172nd Separate Infantry Brigade, one of three active duty separate combat brigades in the U.S. Army. It is the largest and most lethal, independent U.S. force in Europe.
Bavaria Medical and Dental Commands, which provide command and control for an ambulatory network of seven primary care clinics and seven dental clinics in Bamberg, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Illesheim, Katterbach, Schweinfurt and Vilseck, offering the best health care to the Soldiers, Family members, and DA civilians they support.
69th Signal Battalion, who provides regional communication security support and strategic communication support to US Army Europe (USAREUR) exercises.
18th Combat Service Support Battalion, It includes the 702nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, who currently supports all of Europe’s ordnance disposal needs, the 12th Chemical company, who has the only Fox Reconnaissance Chemical Platoon in Europe.
7th Warrior Training Brigade which is the oldest Army Reserve unit in Europe tracing its roots back to the 3747th US Army Reserve Forces School, which began providing professional military education to Reserve Soldiers in the 1950s.
709th Military Police (MP) Battalion. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, they were the first MP battalion to cross the line of departure into Iraq and one of the first MP battalions to conduct operations in Baghdad.
2nd Detachment, 7th Weather Squadron, which provides meteorological weather support to United States Army Europe (USAREUR), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE), Joint, Combined, NATO, and service component combat training units at Europe’s largest live-fire training complex.
2nd Air Support Operations Squadron, which provides timely and accurate airpower liaison to the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment, 172d Separate Infantry Brigade, and multiple non-aligned joint and coalition units.
There is no better place to train for Afghanistan than the Grafenwoehr Training Area
By having live, virtual, constructive and gaming assets all controlled by one headquarters at Grafenwoehr, the JMTC can achieve synergies that other centers in the US Army cannot. This ability to re-mission in all domains to respond to real-world operational demands is unique.
The Grafenwoehr Training Area is USAREUR's premier training area ,which covers over 57,000 acres valued in excess of $135 million, and consist of 44 Direct Fire Ranges, 43 Artillery Position Areas, 24 Mortar Firing Points, 40 Training Areas and 3 Demolition Areas.
Some specific examples of capabilities found on the Grafenwoehr Training Area are Range 118 (Interim Battle Area Complex), Range 201 (Combat Outpost Live Fire), Range 309 Shoothouse and Range 211 (Counter Improvised Explosive Device Training Facility).
The JMTC has the only 360* Combat Outpost (COP) Live Fire range, which consists of a 360 degree range fan capable of integrating all calibers of weapons within a platoon, ranging from 9mm to .50 cal weapon systems. The range is also capable of incorporating observable indirect fires from mortars located within the COP.
The 7th Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, has the distinction of being the first and oldest Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in the United States Army.
In 2009, NCOA Instructor, SFC Beckman, was selected as the DA NCO of the Year
The NCO Academy currently conducts the Warrior Leaders Course, training, on average, 3400 Soldiers per year.
Since FY03, the NCO Academy has produced over 600 international military graduates.
In AUG-SEP 2009, the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's (JMTC) Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Areas, were a temporary home to more than 7,000 people from around the world for a historic training event, during which two brigades', 173 ABCT and 12 CAB, simultaneously prepared for deployment in support of counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was the largest counter-insurgency rotation in Europe ever.
The Joint Multinational Simulation Center (JMSC) has a robust facilities infrastructure enough computer equipment and peripherals to support over 2,000 exercise or training participants. JMSC is the only US Army Battle Command Training Center (BCTC) capable of internally creating "geo-specific" terrain for Live (DISE), Constructive (i.e. JCATS), and Gaming (VBS2) training.
The JMSC conducts or supports well over 100 training events per year. They include U.S. European Command, US EUCOM exercises such as COMBINED ENDEAVOR, the "world's largest communications exercise"; AUSTERE CHALLENGE, which links to over 4,000 participants throughout Europe (including the 6th Fleet Command ship, the USS Mt. Whitney, while at sea) and other Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the United States (including JFCOM, STRATCOM, and TRANSCOM); and a host of bi-lateral and multinational Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) exercises that train NATO, Partnership for Peace, and other current or potential coalition partner.
The JMSC operates the only Battle Command Training Center that is Joint National Training Capability (JNTC) certified to conduct "Joint" training. The JMSC is the only U.S. Army operated Simulation Center that routinely trains a variety of multinational partner, allowing them to access the Afghan Mission Network (AMN), the NATO Battlefield Information, Collection, Exploitation System (BICES) network, and classified bi-lateral networks.
The JMSC Digital University (DU) trains over 4,000 Soldiers a year to operate 18 battle command systems currently being used in operational environments.
The Training Support Activity Europe’s (TSAE)
mission is to identify, acquire, manage and sustain training enablers required to provide state-of-the-art homestation/deployed training support and execute the visual information program as directed by USAREUR.
TSAE’s vision is to be the Army’s premiere organization providing homestation/deployed training support and VI services; responsive to the dynamic demands of USAREUR today, postured for tomorrow’s challenges. TSAE executes its mission throughout the USAREUR footprint at six Regional Training Support Divisions (RTSC) and fifteen Training Support Centers (TSC). The following HQDA programs are managed by TSAE:
-Range and Training Land Program (RTLP) RTLP is one of two DA G3 “Enabler” programs, the other being the Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM), and is a key component of the Army’s Sustainable Range Program (SRP). RTLP supports doctrinal training requirements, day to day range operations to include civilian pay and consumable supplies, range modernization and range upgrades, and produces 6-year range development plans. RTLP models the process in accordance with Army Regulation (AR) 350-19.
-Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) is one of the Army’s “Enabler” programs that supports the objectives to maximize the capability, availability, and accessibility of ranges and training land. (AR 350-19). ITAM’s strategy is to recognize the inherent requirement to train on land, the effects on training on the land, the Army’s need to sustain its training land assets and its responsibility for environmental stewardship. ITAM has several components: Land Rehabilitation and Maintenance, Range and Training Land Assessment, Training Requirements Integration, Sustainable Range Awareness, and Geographic Information Systems.
-Soldier Training System Program (STSP) supports USAREUR trainers by providing theater level management and MACOM level input for all fielded and future Training Aids, Devices, and Simulators (TADS) including full life-cycle support. STSP coordinates daily with DA program managers and Program Executive Officer-Simulations, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI) on fielding, sustainment and support of TADS. STSP coordinates daily with the Army Training Support Center (ATSC) and PEO-STRI on allocation and sustainment of fielded TADS and disposition of excess TADS. STSP ensures TADS availability theater-wide to support training requirements.
-In addition, TSAE manages the Visual Information Program (VI) as directed by USAREUR and the Training Aids Production Center. Visual Information (VI) program manages the Department of the Army Photo Management System (DAPMIS) for all Army promotion board photography in Europe and provides on-location photography such as Official Command photos, Official and tourist passports, Official immigration and visa photography, Soldier Readiness Program photography and on-location photography at training events, conferences, ceremonies. The VI program manages Video Documentation and Combat Camera (VIDOC) delivering video and photographic imagery daily from 15 training support centers to the Defense Imagery Operations Center (DIMOC). Graphic Arts services and support are available to include consultation, design, and Self-Help. The VI program manages the European Visual Information Ordering System (VIOS) which allows customers to input work orders into a web-based system connected to the Training Support Centers for online scheduling of official DA photography appointments and for other VI services.
-Training Aids Production Center (TAPC) provides USAREUR with one-of-a-kind “non standard training aid” production capability. TAPC has the ability for high quality, limited production capability, and prototyping capability. TAPC has produced training aids such as HMMWV mock-ups for Engagement Skills Trainers (EST), Rubble Walls, Doorways, etc…for EST, CH-47 and Stryker mock-ups for drills, C2, etc. Weapons, mines, IED reproductions (i.e. RPG-7s for JMRC), FOB mock-ups, tower models, vehicles models, terrain models, and enlargement of maps are other items produced by TAPC.
For more information call any TSC at your local DSN plus 1398 or visit us at the JMTC TSAE Website:
No one builds partner capacity better than the Joint Multinational Training Command
Currently, 30% of ISAF forces are multinational, with 88% of our multinational partners in Afghanistan coming from the U.S. European Command area of responsibility. In support of NATO, we train them through our Operational Mentor and Leader Teams program at the Hohenfels training area.
We have the only combat training center in the U.S. Army that incorporates multinational countries into our rotations for use as opposing forces (OPFOR), observer controllers, Afghan National Security
Force/Police replication, and other rotation enablers. The Joint Multinational Readiness Center OPFOR is the most experienced OPFOR in the U.S. Army. As the only conventional U.S. Army unit to maintain a continual presence in Afghanistan ever since 2006, the 1st Bn. 4th Inf. Rgt provided a company, partnered with a Romanian battalion, to conduct 6 month rotations in support of OEF. After 4 years, the 1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment mission of regularly deploying to Afghanistan with our Romanian allies successfully concluded in 2010. In support of theater security cooperation initiatives, the JMTC seeks ways to work with our multinational partners, helping Poland developing its own NCO Academy and create a Sergeant’s Major Academy.
There is no better place to live than Grafenwoehr
The Bavaria Military Community (minus Garmisch) generates approximately 611 million Euros in civilian pay, utilities and services, contracts, construction, private expenditures, and rental/leased housing. The U.S. Army is the 3rd Largest Employer in Bavaria. With a total cost of 700 million Euros, the Efficient Basing-Grafenwoehr construction project, initiated to prepare the installation for the relocation of a Brigade Combat Team to Grafenwoehr, was the largest U.S. Army construction project ever realized in Germany.
We are good stewards of our resources
In FY 2009, the Judge Advocate General’s Award for Excellence in Claims was awarded to OSJA, HQ, 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command in recognition of its outstanding performance in providing the highest level of fair, efficient and expeditious claims support to the military community and the United States Army.
In 2010, the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command Organizational Maintenance Activity (OMA) works to assist training units as they prepare to deploy.
By demonstrating a willingness to help others and a strong work ethic, the Department of the Army (DA) selected the OMA as the 1st place winner of the DA Award for Maintenance Excellence for fiscal year 2010.