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Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) is a Department of Defense (DoD) military training opportunity, exclusive to the United States and its territories, that delivers joint training opportunities to increase deployment readiness. Simultaneously, IRT provides key services (health care, construction, transportation, and cybersecurity) with lasting benefits for our American communities.

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Medical missions provide training opportunities to military units while providing incidental benefit to communities via no-cost healthcare. Services include optometry, health exams, dental, veterinary care, and public health education. Care is delivered by credentialed healthcare providers and no one is turned away. These missions are typically conducted as fairs and may last for several days or weeks at a time to ensure maximum benefit during time spent in the community served.
Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering missions provide training opportunities to military units while providing incidental benefit to communities via infrastructure construction and improvements. Such benefit comes in the form of both vertical and horizontal construction. Vertical construction consist of mainly buildings; while horizontal construction includes utilities, roadways, and other paving activities such as runway improvements. Civil Engineering missions also typically involve elements of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work.
Information security is one of the most important issues facing the military. It is essential that U.S. military forces keep data and our infrastructure secure. IRT is currently developing cyber-security training opportunities that will help to detect, safeguard, assess, and protect our nation from malicious activity. By building and creating relationships with government agencies and non-profits, we will lead and create innovative processes and procedures to address future threats to our people and critical infrastructure. Through cooperative partnerships driven by readiness training, IRT is a cutting edge way to develop essential skills to thrive in contested cyberspace domains. 
IRT missions provide an opportunity for critical training in a variety of transportation skills. Many operations depend upon ground vehicles in order to complete many aspects of their mission. It is the responsibility of Ground Transportation specialists to transport people, supplies, munitions and outsized expeditionary forces. These professionals must utilize a variety of essential skills, such as map and compass reading, vehicle specifications determination and limitations assessment in order to coordinate and master all aspects of ground transportation necessary for us to get equipment and people where they need to go.
Aerial Spray
IRT missions provides valuable training opportunities for air personnel. The terrain, obstructions, airspace restrictions, and congested areas often provide excellent training scenarios to hone aircrew skills for operating in the low-level aerial spray environment. Specialized spray mission personnel obtain experience operating the loading equipment, handling pesticides using appropriate protective personnel equipment, and cleaning/downloading the spray MASS after applications. When executed, the aerial spray operations provides vital training for maintaining a well-equipped military force ready to execute our wartime mission. 
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Old Harbor, Alaska
The Old Harbor Native Corporation and City of Old Harbor, AK are collaborating on a project with IRT to build a 1-mile road. On October 18, 2019 Cynthia Berns, Vice President of Community & External Affairs, met with representatives from the 411th Army Engineering Battalion to provide an overview of the project, walk the project site, and introduce the group to the community.
Southeast Veterans Service Center
Col Scott, the Director of IRT, met with Milton Crawford, the Director of Southeast Veterans Service Center (SVSC) on December 19, 2019 to tour the service center and discuss the application process for future missions. One goal of the SVSC is to provide homeless veterans with the tools needed to successfully return to civilian life.
West Tennessee Wellness
Servicemembers from the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve met from December 9-13, 2019 at the Initial Planning Meeting (IPM) to coordinate with community partners and discuss mission objectives, logistics, manning, and training. The West Tennessee Wellness IRT mission will provide medical, dental, and optometry services at no-cost to the community.
Sally Garland

City of Crystal Springs

“Having members of the military has brought extra life and excitement to our small town. The work of these Service members at Camp Kamassa will impact our entire state. We are looking forward to a successful and impactful medical mission.”

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Lt Col Debbie Jacobsmeier

Air National Guard
FY2019 Puerto Rico Public Health Officer in Charge

“IRT better equips Servicemembers with the skills needed to fight COVID-19 by putting Servicemembers into real life situations. Training with real people and their issues is more realistic, and is better preparation for real world scenarios.”
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