TROY N.Y. - More than 200 National Guard soldiers from the 42nd Infantry division Headquarters in Troy deployed to Kansas Monday morning.
Troops deployed as a part of a training exercise known as Warfighter.
“We've been working really hard to do this and plan for this and prep for this. We are excited about going and getting the mission done and executing the mission,” said Cdr. Lauana Dupigny.
The exercise will be testing the skills of the soldiers, assessing their ability to plan, communicate, and respond to a battlefield simulation. Officials say the soldiers have been prepping for Warfighter for more than two years.
“This is essentially our Super Bowl. This is our chance to go and compete against a free thinking opposing force and operating an exercise that tests our readiness and our ability to do our job,” said Col. John Andonie.
The goal is to better prepare these soldiers for any potential state of emergency or federal mission.
“At the conclusion of this we would be what would be considered available for the army to use in whatever contingency operation is required. Whatever the army needs,” explained Sgt. Maj. David Piwowarski.
The exercise will run up to the last week of May when the troops will be returning home.
“For the national guard it's unique because most of us are part time. You may be an accountant or whatever and you switch that off and you come in to drill and prep and you go back to a normal life so it's hard to retain for a normal life,” said Piwowarski.
This Warfighter simulation is hosted by the US Army's mission command training program. Organizers say the goal is to better prepare these soldiers for any potential state of emergency or federal mission.
These soldiers will be joining others from Western New York and Hudson Valley area. They left for Fort Leavenworth, Kansas at 6:30 Monday morning.