Guardsmen conducting annual training at Fort Polk

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More than 2,000 Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Iowa Army National Guard, headquartered at Boone, Iowa, with subordinate and supporting units from across the state, are currently conducting annual training at the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.

The Joint Readiness Training Center is one of three U.S. Army Combat Training Centers that conduct rigorous, realistic, and relevant multi-echelon, joint and combined arms training. Training at the JRTC is an intensive experience designed to hone execution of battlefield tasks. These three facilities combine advanced technology, incredibly-realistic simulated battlefield environments, and highly-trained opposing forces to give participants a world-class training experience.

A total of more than 5,300 Soldiers and Airmen from the Army National Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Air National Guard will participate in the exercise, with units and personnel from 24 states.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team previously trained at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. The Iowa unit is one of only two Army National Guard brigades in the nation to receive an invitation to the Louisiana-based Joint Readiness Training Center and the first Iowa National Guard unit to experience this training. These Iowa Soldiers will return home in August after completion of their JRTC rotation.

The mission of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team is to provide full-spectrum operations in a combat theater, including lethal and non-lethal capabilities, support to coalition partners, and assistance to humanitarian relief initiatives.