About 5,900 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Special Forces Command's 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, other key Army units, and the U.S. Air Force will participate in a major Decisive Action Training Environment rotation Aug. 7-31 at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk.

About 5,900 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Special Forces Command's 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, other key Army units, and the U.S. Air Force will participate in a major Decisive Action Training Environment rotation Aug. 7-31 at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk.
The Joint Readiness Training Center's training rotation 13-09 includes emphasis on Joint Forcible Entry, as well as a phased deployment with an airborne parachute operation, a combined Noncombatant Evacuation, combined arms maneuver, wide-area security, unconventional warfare and unified land operations in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment.
Decisive Action training seeks to assure service capabilities are fully interoperable and interdependent to bolster unity of effort in Unified Land Operations. It supports the goals shaping the Army of 2020: Developing adaptive leaders and organizations, modernizing equipment and revolutionizing training.
Since combat operations began soon after the September 2001 attacks on America, Army Conventional Forces and Special Operations Forces (SOF) have conducted combined operations in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters, allowing commanders to capitalize on the unique skill sets of each capability to achieve decisive effects against asymmetric threats. Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) and SOF have partnered to train host nation security forces, building host nation internal defense capability that fosters long-term stability in these theaters and regions.
The interdependence of Conventional Forces and Army SOF has been reinforced during more than a decade of sustained conflict, as the Army provided key enablers and theater logistics to Special Warfare operations while SOF conducted shaping operations in support of the battlespace owner.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) developed the Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) to create a common training scenario for use throughout the Army. After more than 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan where the Army honed its counterinsurgency skills, Army soldiers and units are focusing on comprehensive training to meet the challenges of potential future threats, which could include guerrilla, insurgent, criminal and conventional forces operating against U.S. interests in a dynamic, synchronized effort.
Decisive Action Training Environment rotations expose the training audience to this hybrid threat, woven together in a realistic and unforgiving environment reflective of the complexities posed by potential adversaries in the 21st century.
Because of the increase in the number of soldiers and equipment in Fort Polk training areas, residents should be aware of increased convoy traffic between Fort Polk and England Air Park along La. 28, 121 and 489.
The intersections of La. 469 and La. 28, La. 469 and la. 8, and La. 117 and Tank Trail Road will be high traffic areas as units convoy from Fort Polk to Peason Ridge for training.
The rotation will also incorporate aircraft training, which may bring low-flying aircraft over the DeRidder, Oakdale, Alexandria and Leesville areas.
Residents are urged to exercise caution when approaching or following convoys and do not attempt to pass them, especially at night.