Division completes third edre in two months, increases readiness

Strike Soldiers participate in a 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, or EDRE, June 7. This EDRE is the third such exercise conducted by the division in the past 60 days.

In the afternoon of June 7, the call went out to 2nd Brigade Combat Team to prepare for an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, or EDRE.

The Soldiers of C Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd BCT, answered the call. By nightfall the next day, 65 troopers were equipped and ready to depart to complete their mission.

When an emergency deployment happens, units do not get advance warning.

“This EDRE is a great opportunity to validate the squadron’s readiness,” said Lt. Col. Jaron Wharton, commander of 1-75th Cav. Regt. “It keeps us in a crisis response-like mindset.”

EDRE tests units’ ability to receive deployment orders and quickly respond to them. This is the third time that the 101st has completed such an event in two months.

Captain Taylor Liesmann, commander of C Troop, 1-75th Cav. Regt., said his unit’s position in a field environment is vital to the success of the mission. Once on the ground, troopers gather intelligence and help brigade and squadron commanders plan for the infantry battalion supporting elements. This means they must be one of the first units on ground.

“Being in 1-75th Cav., being in Charlie troop, we are most likely to be on that forward edge,” Liesmann said. “This exercise 100% tests our systems and tests our ability to work for the brigade and squadron commander.”

Formerly assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, being on call is nothing new to Liesmann, but with a relatively new set of Soldiers in the troop he relishes the opportunity to test them and instill the mentality of being ready to fight tonight.

“It’s my first time in the woods with Chaos Troop, and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than an EDRE,” Liesmann said.

As senior scout observer in C Troop, 1-75th Cav. Regt., Pfc. David Warren acts as the point man on any movement conducted while the unit is in the field, plotting the route when it comes to mission planning and managing the team as a whole.

Leading up to the EDRE, Warren and his teammates may have practiced squad tactics and conducted live-fire exercises, but one of the biggest focuses was the class time, memorizing the different tactics and requirements for reconnaissance, he said.

“This is why I joined the Army,” Warren said. “This is the kind of thing that I’ve been wanting to do for my entire life so this especially, getting on helicopters, doing night insertions, going on actual missions – is really cool for me.”

Exercises like Ready Eagle afford a tremendous opportunity for the squadron to see itself and the manner in which it expeditiously deploys, said Maj. Jonathan Roland, 1-75th Cav. Regt. operations officer.

“Our involvement in the most recent limited notice EDRE was certainly no exception, as the program predictably revealed sustainable practices and several systems that need refinement,” Roland said. “From a learning perspective, we will aggressively pursue improving our deficiencies and maintain proficiency in those areas where we excelled so we can better posture ourselves for our next rendezvous with destiny.”