Troy-based NY Army National Guard Division involved in "Warfighter" at Pennsylvania Army post

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Leaders and battle staff of the NY Army National Guard's Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division conduct a map exercise on Oct. 4 as part of a wargame at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA (10/05/2017) (readMedia)-- More than 475 Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's Troy-based 42nd Infantry Division are in the fourth day of a computer simulation wargame known as "Warfighter" at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

Warfighter is a two-week command post exercise that employs computer simulations and an enemy force role-player to test the ability of commanders and their battle staffs to fight a modern battle.

During the exercise, leaders and staff officers and Soldiers participate around the clock making decisions involving logistics, intelligence, operations and tactics which play out in the computer simulation. Staffs must pass message traffic and reports, prepare battle plans, and write the orders to execute those plans.

Soldiers participating in the large-scale battle simulation will manage the combat operations of more than 12,000 personnel in the computer simulation.

The 42nd Infantry Division is based at Troy's Glenmore Road Armory and is the higher headquarters of the New York National Guard's 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade.

The division also has a training relationship with Army National Guard units in New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Army National Guard units from the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Arkansas Army National Guard as well as the 10th Mountain Division are also participating in the exercise.

The 42nd Infantry Division was created in August of 1917 and is celebrating its 100th year. The division served in Iraq in 2005, exercising command over 23,000 troops.