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Army Reserve Soldiers push through challenges : “Soldiers come out here and want to be tested,” said the 348th Transportation Battalion intelligence officer, 1st Lt. Christopher Zavesky.

Zavesky wasn’t speaking in hypotheticals. His unit had just experienced a difficult night, when high winds and cold rain had blown over multiple tents in which exhausted Soldiers had been trying to get some sleep.

Despite the weather, the Soldiers maintained high spirits. The Soldiers set to work immediately to fix the tents. “Morale was high to continue the mission,” said Capt. Ayana Kendal, commander of the 384th Movement Control Team. “The Soldiers were laughing and singing while getting soaked in the rain and snow. It didn’t faze them.”

The trying night was just one part of the ongoing Combat Support Training Exercise 78-18-03 here, March 1 – 29.

CSTX 78-18-03 is a Combat Support Training Exercise with 11,000 participating service members that ensures America’s Army Reserve units and Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy on short-notice. The exercise is taking place across the Army Reserve at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Fort Story, Virgina.

U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. David Nowicki, commander of the 348th Transportation Battalion (Terminal), based in Houston, Texas, has 300 Soldiers comprised of five Reserve units and four attached Active Duty units participating in this exercise running port and beach operations.

Nowicki said that the training was good for his Soldiers to practice their lethal warrior tasks while working with active duty units, which was an extra challenge as the units were spread out over long distance. Read more

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Army Reserve Soldiers push through challenges : “Soldiers come out here and want to be tested,” said the 348th Transportation Battalion intelligence officer, 1st Lt. Christopher Zavesky.

Army Reserve Soldiers push through challenges : “Soldiers come out here and want to be tested,” said the 348th Transportation Battalion intelligence officer, 1st Lt. Christopher Zavesky.