Patriots, Arrowheads conduct first AUP major training event

By Staff Sgt. NATHAN AKRIDGE

FORT POLK, La. — Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division “Patriots” trained side by side with members of the 36th Infantry Division “Arrowhead” during the Mountain Peak exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center on Fort Polk, writing history together as the first two units in the Army’s Associated Unit Pilot program, or AUP, to participate in a major training event together.

In September 2016, the Patriot Brigade became the only active duty brigade combat team to wear a National Guard patch. By partnering an active duty brigade with a National Guard unit, the Army hopes to drastically cut the time needed for the National Guard to prepare for a deployment.

 

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